February 7, 1976
1. DATA GENERAL
The type of publicity received by Data General can be very damaging for an in-
house IC activity. It's more difficult to get good people for in-house
2. We have received several reports that Pierre Lamond is a candidate to head
Motorola's integrated circuit operations. Local rumors are that discrete semi-
conductors and integrated circuits will be separated into two division [sic].
Lamond is probably an excellent candidate. With his National Semiconductor
background, he could be the right man for the Motorola job.
3. The appointment of Dick Blanchard is interesting, since there were a number
of people considered for the job -- among them, Bob Norman, Phil Ferguson, and
4. PROJECTION TV
General Electric has developed a market for some huge TV projection system.
It's likely that a better system would enjoy reasonable sales.
5. TOM LONGO
Various conversations with Longo and Corrigan still suggest that Corrigan would
like to have Longo stay in a technological position. Whether this will be
sufficient for Tom's ego or not, I don't know. There is no doubt that Phillips
will change management at Signetics, since they haven't done well.
6. WESTERN DIGITAL
A number of fairly good people have been considered for the presidency of
Western Digital. The interviewees report the biggest problem is trying to
figure out whether Emerson or Digital Equipment Corporation is the boss, and no
one really wants to get in that squeeze.
AMI apparently still has some problems, although they should be in about the
best position with fairly heavy backlog of noncompetitive custom circuits.
8. WATCH MARKET
Offshore watch assemblers report that assembly business dropped to zero based
upon Tlls $19.95 price announcement. Apparently, no one in the watch business
wants to be caught with inventory. It is entirely possible that an overreaction
may occur. This will make a better opportunity for TI's watch when it arrives.
Timex will have to do something in the IC business to protect its low price
9. NATIONAL - LEGAL
The number two man at National, Mr. Jack Orlove, is a lawyer, and they are
conscientious of all aspects of patent and other laws.
10. DR. TOM SANTORO
Dr. Santoro was well respected at Motorola, and is probably one of the better
men in manufacturing. Again, an example of Motorola using virtually all of
their good people. We heard from an ex-Motorola employee that they had moved
two technicians to Austin with their families and fired them two days later.
One of the wives was pregnant and the baby arrived two days after her husband
had been fired. This type of thing is really hurting Motorola's morale.
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