April 24, 1976 (Supplemental Edition)
ICE's opinion of the people who left Motorola indicated that they have lost a
large number of excellent people. Bill Lattin is doing a new microprocessor
concept to aid Intel, and was well respected by the people who worked for him at
Motorola. Carm Santoro appears to be a fairly good senior MOS manager along
with Bill Richardson.
Although apparently the semiconductor division of Motorola is again
profitable, it seems unlikely that the Austin facility will make any money until
the practical personnel problems are solved. Motorola needs a senior manager
with substantial experience in the MOS industry, and he will need to bring with
him five or six people, if Motorola is to have an effective facility in Austin.
2. LSI SYSTEMS
A year and a half ago to two years ago LSI Systems has had a profitability of
$.5 million per month, one of the few companies getting excellent yield of 100
net die per wafer or better on CMOS watch chips. Here we have an instance of a
one-time successful process getting shot down as prices of watch chips move from
$3.50 each to $ .50 each. (The facility housed by LSI Systems was at one time
owned by ICE through the purchase of the Oualidyne Corporation and bankruptcy
RCA, with a fairly successful CMOS program, was really shot down with
degradation of CMOS prices, and has not been able to develop a leadership
position in new product areas.
4. MCDONNEL DOUGLAS - NITRON
It would seem unlikely that McDonnel1 Douglas would get rid of Nitron just to
become successful, particularly since Nitron has some fairly good technology
with respect to non-volatile electronically programmable read only memory.
Synertek is a surprise to many people with its unusual ownership and successful
programs under Bob Schreiner.
Fairchild still has a substantial amount of cleanup to do in terms of yield and
cost in many of its product lines. Lack of effective programs in important new
product areas such as microprocessors, MOS memory circuits, or a competitive
posture on commodity products such as TTL suggest that Fairchild still has a lot
of work to do in making itself into as an effective organization as National.
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