AC #600 Integrated Circuit Engineering Collection Series 16

April 24, 1976 (Supplemental Edition)   Description:

    A series of 1976 reviews of  Don Hoefler's Microelectronics News

    ICE Collection - Project File 10085 - May 19, 1976 - review of :

MICROELECTRONICS NEWSLETTER
April 24, 1976 (Supplemental Edition)

1. MOTOROLA
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 proceedings.)

3. RCA
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.

5. SYNERTEK
Synertek is a surprise to many people with its unusual ownership and successful programs under Bob Schreiner.

6. FAIRCHILD
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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