May 22, 1976
With the upswing in business and the interest in in-house facilities, someone
will probably buy LSI Systems.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 is going to Austin as Director of Facilities Engineering.
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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