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