AC #600 Integrated Circuit Engineering Collection Series 16

May 22, 1976   Description:

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

    ICE Collection - Project File 10085 - review of :

MICROELECTRONICS NEWSLETTER
May 22, 1976

LSI SYSTEMS
With the upswing in business and the interest in in-house facilities, someone will probably buy LSI Systems.

ICE
The article by Hoefler is a little misleading. The "ICE" sold to Bowmar was a group of 30 to 40 people, and it included a complete silicon wafer processing facility. This processing facility became the basis of the Bowmar/Arizona plant in Chandler, AZ. The new ICE Corporation is strictly a software company in seminars, consulting, and product design.

JOB HOPES
With the growth in integrated circuit business, it would seem at first that there would be a substantial possibility of raises for microcircuit personnel. However, there are quite a number of people trained in the industry (some of whom would return since current salary levels are substantially higher than most other activities). Not far out of school, talented IC engineers find themselves in the $25,000 to $35,000 per year bracket. Top managers in the industry tend to push up to $100,000 annually in salaries combined with other benefits.

ANOTHER SEMICONDUCTOR COMPANY IN THE PHOENIX AREA?
The local rumor mill still has not revealed the name of the new semiconductor company coming to Phoenix.

FAIRCHILD VIDEO GAMES
The video games market will become important enough to invite patent, trade secret, and other litigations. The custom circuit is being used by some only to slow down the copiers. Encrypted designs are under consideration.

WEMA FORECAST
Bob Noyce and Marshall Cox who were personally involved in working extensively on the WEMA forecast feel that it was much too conservative. Noyce mentioned that he felt that there's a substantial pressure to keep the market numbers as small as possible. A number of compensation plans in the industry depend on market share. Also, note that IC's will surpass discretes on a worldwide basis in 1976; but IC's already passed discretes on a U. S. consumption basis some time ago (1972).

RCA AND MOTOROLA
ICE has received a couple of negative customer comments about RCA and Motorola with respect to advice "where to buy" program. In one case the customer said, "don't bother talking about RCA and Motorola -- we wouldn't buy from them under any conditions."

MOTOROLA NEW HEAD OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
Motorola personnel have not come up with any new rumor other than Bernard Vonderschmitt of RCA. It's possible that D. J. Donahue of RCA might also be a conceivable candidate for the top Motorola IC spot.

BOB JONES
Bob is going to Austin as Director of Facilities Engineering.

MISCELLANEOUS RUMORS
National is still in various troubles, with a low credibility rating on meeting deliveries, etc. National has had to refuse sizeable orders from IBM and DEC for simple components because of a capacity problem induced by lack of production control.simply keeping things moving in orderly fashion. Also, quality problems still plague the 4K RAM.

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