Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
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, magnetic cores, market share, memory