May 1, 1976
Hoefler brings up some fairly good points regarding the efficiency of the
Fairchild operation. Corrigan's principal problem is that he realizes that in
many cases it takes longer than the six months to bring out a new product or a
It seems unlikely that Corrigan will be able to attract the same caliber
of personnel as Fairchild has had in the past. In the long run, this will mean
that they'll continue to have major financial difficulties.
The most positive thing Fairchild has is its Isoplanar process. If this
process can be brought to bear on marketplace problems, Fairchild could secure a
good position again.
2. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS AND NATIONAL $19.95 WATCH
I would agree with Hoefler that if TI bombs out on bringing the $19.95 watch to
market, there will be many dealers who will be very reluctant to do business
with them again. It is of interest to note that the watches are available in
the TI employee store, but virtually non-existant [sic] elsewhere.
3. ECC PHCENIX
Locally, Mr. Green's operation is still a mystery. We have been unable to find
any company behind it, although Mr. Green indicates that he's recruiting for a
major company currently in the semiconductor business that's unsatisfied with
its present location. Siliconix has indicated in the past that it wanted to
move out of the Silicon Valley area, and Sprague from time to time has indicated
dissatisfaction with their locations. Philco-Ford and ITT in the past have
indicated that they desired new locations, but we've heard nothing recently.
4. NATIONAL'S CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
In spite of a few difficulties in Consumer Products and some aspects of vertical
integration, National continues to increase its sales. National has managed to
keep its difficulty with respect to MIL approved parts quiet, and apparently
direct contact with the customers, Hughes and TRW, via Floyd Kvamme, has
resolved some of their problems. Rumors are circulating that National is going
to drop its POS business and complete watch sales. If true, it would illustrate
once again the hazards of a component company integrating upward to compete too
effectively with its own customers.
Nitron is making money largely through vertical integration other than
integrated circuits. It's likely that Louay Sharif would try to get a better
position than the one at Nitron. It's rumored that he's being considered for
the presidency of Intersil.
6. INTEGRATED CIRCUIT ENGINEERING
As indicated by Hoefler, John Shea, previously Marketing Manager, Government
Products, at National Semiconductor joined ICE as our presence in Silicon
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