AC #600 Integrated Circuit Engineering Collection Series 16

November 6, 1976   Description:

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

    ICE Collection - Project File 10085 - review of :

MICROELECTRONICS NEWSLETTER
November 6, 1976

INTERMARK DISTRIBUTOR PURCHASE BY BERNIE MARREN AND MARSHALL COX
The semiconductor distributor finds himself in the position of furnishing more and more service without increasing the margin. Complex microprocessor systems put an economic burden both on the distributor as well as his principals who provide data sheets and a lot of free information which can be completely buried in the purchase price. In the opinion of ICE, Mr. Marren and Mr. Cox lire probably lucky to stay out of the next go-around in the distributor business.

AMD - MARSHALL COX V.P. EUROPE
As Europe comes out of the recession, there should be some excellent opportunities for American manufacturers to continue their integrated circuit dominance.

WESTERN DIGITAL
In addition to the comparable demise of Western Digital, the Rockwell Microelectronics plant in Anaheim is also for sale. Rockwell is consolidating its microelectronic activities in the Collins Facility in Newport Beach, CA.

NITRON
Nitron still has some uncertainties and most observers are taking the "wait and see" attitude.

ADVANCED MEMORY SYSTEMS/INTERSIL MERGER
Things are gradually falling into place but it will probably take a year or two to completely assimilate the thinking of the two companies.

MOS TECHNOLOGY
Commodore's takeover of MOS Technology removes almost completely the non- vertically integrated calculator manufacturer from the market. MOS Technology is also an important supplier of game chips. The loss of the technical people will probably mean that their investment in microprocessor technology and settlement with Motorola on the 6800 will probably go down the tubes. This would leave Synertek to go it alone.

EXPANSION PLANS
Although most of the industry is more cautious with respect to expansion plans, we do expect a substantial amount of new construction in 1977. At the moment, new facilities appear to be in the offing by Motorola, Univac, Fairchild, and some time during 1977 National will finish the empty shell.

AMI
AMI continues to clean house under Glenn Penisten's direction. ICE hopes that Penisten doesn't remove the sympathetic ear that AMI has had in the past for customer problems.

FAIRCHILD
Fairchild's success in consumer products is not matched by a complete cleanup of its MOS and standard product lines in the IC field. It's hard to be good at everything, I guess.

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Hoefler's Microelectronics News, November 6, 1976


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