AC #600 Integrated Circuit Engineering Collection Series 16

May 8, 1976   Description:

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

    ICE Collection - Project File 10085 - review of :

MICROELECTRONICS NEWSLETTER
May 8, 1976

1. ACE ASSOCIATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ELECTRONICS
I have difficulty in understanding the need for an additional trade association, but apparently Hoefler has something going.

2. SETTLEMENT OF LEGAL ACTION
In addition to the settlement between Garrett and American Microsystems, a settlement has also been reached between Raytheon and Intersil with respect to a long-standing suit.

3. MOTOROLA -AUSTIN
Motorola's entry into the add-in memory market is unexpected, especially with the philosophy of competing with customers such as DEC and Data General, but not IBM. One would expect such an announcement from corporate sources, not from the local manager in Austin. While it appears that Motorola top management has gained some confidence in the semiconductor division because of the total division's turn around during the last quarter, this optimistic attitude does not prevail at the working level in the integrated circuit groups at Motorola. Most of the groups are still fairly disheartened, and it looks like whoever takes over the top spot at Motorola integrated circuits will have a long, long way to go to restore the stature of Motorola in the IC field.

4. LOW COST WATCHES
ICE has instituted a major study regarding the $19.95 and other electronic watches. Gordon Ness is helping our staff member, Dick Walton, in this area.

5. SUPERTEX
Supertex is one of several new start-ups getting going in the integrated circuit industry. It now appears possible to get money, and ICE is currently working with two start-ups and one acquisition in MOS. Overall, it appears that investor interest in integrated circuit companies has increased substantially in recent months.

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