Fable: The Chip TI Management Didn’t Like

34 years ago an engineer at TI made a 256-bit MOS RAM.

TI management didn’t like it.

TI management thought that thin-film memory was a better competitor to magnetic cores, and they didn’t like MOS. TI was very much a bipolar house.

So the engineer who made the MOS memory founded a company which, in the late 70s achieved 85% market share in DRAM before being sold for $345 million in 1979.

Moral: Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Tags: bipolar, fable, market share, memory

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  1. David Manners
    October 11, 2012 15:57

    L.J.Sevin, Robertl. who had “not eligible for rehire” stamped on his TI file as a parting gesture. The team he took with him from TI to found Mostek were Berry Cash, Bob Palmer, Bob Proebsting, Vern McKinny , and Vin Prothro.

  2. David Manners
    October 11, 2012 15:49

    Ah Yes, Dick, the thing that was ahead of its time – and still is I understand.

  3. RobertI
    October 11, 2012 15:42

    So, can the dangerous maverick be named?

  4. dick.selwood
    October 11, 2012 15:26

    Memory design talent perhaps – but we did have a few brits working on a strange thing called the transputer – one of whom is now a Fellow of the Royal Society.

  5. David Manners
    October 11, 2012 15:07

    I should have known you’d be the first to get that, Dick, after all that’s where your alma mater got all its design talent from

  6. dick.selwood
    October 11, 2012 15:03


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