mannerisms

Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

Fable: Resisting

A top 20 semiconductor company which was founded in 1958 and then changed its name in 1961 to reflect the unit of measurement of electrical resistance, has had the same President ever since it was founded.

The company started off making resistors, then became a leading manufacturer of custom analogue, diversified into EEPROM and is now 80% a discretes company.

It acquired, inter alia, Exar, Exel, Oki and Kionix.

Moral: Only the agile survive.

Tags: analogue, eeprom, fable, semiconductor company, unit of measurement

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4 Comments

  1. David Manners
    August 16, 2012 15:12

    That is interesting, steve, thanks. I didn’t realise that Exar started life as a US subsidiary of Rohm.

  2. David Manners
    August 16, 2012 14:59

    Even more so would be Kenichiro Sato, the founder of Rohm, Mr C.

  3. Mr Cynical
    August 16, 2012 14:46

    Satoshi Sawamura would be pleased to know that he is still agile at his age?

  4. steve
    August 16, 2012 14:46

    I was not aware of Rohm acquiring Exar. Indeed it looks like a bit more complex. Exar spun off from Rohm, they cooperated, Exar acquired Exel, Rohm stepped in to help Exar (http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/exar-corp-history/)
    Resisting or roller-coasting? :-)