July 24, 1976
Glen Pennisten has been out of the main stream of the semiconductor industry for
a few years, but he hasn't lost touch. Presumably this sabbatical has given him
the opportunity to gain perspective on the future course of the industry,
especially from a user point of view. We would expect AMI to become more
perceptive of coming application trends, to formulate a firmer policy on custom
vs standard products, and to decide upon AMI's role in the microprocessor boom.
AMI to date has seemed unable to couple its custom circuit "handholding" ability
with microprocessor applications the two could be meshed to AMI's benefit.
We will attempt to get another side of this through Vactec. Meanwhile, in
Phoenix, Engineering-Executive Consultants (EEC) is still insisting that it has
been recruiting for a "major semiconductor firm" moving to Phoenix. The story
is regarded with great suspicion locally; if not true, it will be another
example of gross lack of ethics in the business.
Unfortunately for Intersil, all too true.
Motorola has been involved all along, especially with Chrysler. National's
interaction is with Ford in this case, but it's probably true that Motorolais
In spite of the apparent agreement on the 16K-bit RAM pinout (16 pins), some
differences in the function on the pins exist. The industry has not learned its
lesson from the 4K confusion.
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