Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Fable: When Fortune Favoured The Bold
Over 40 years ago there was a semiconductor company which was second-rate in a country which had several first-rate semiconductor companies.
The second-rate company sent a young engineer to meet ‘The Rocket’ – the nickname of the conutry’s most famous high-tech industrialist who worked at a renowned systems house.
The Rocket told the young engineer to get his company to build CMOS.
The company struggled to make CMOS chips. “The yield was very low”, said the young engineer about the early efforts.
But gradually the company mastered the art and, by the mid-80s, had the finest CMOS process in the world at the very time the world was turning away from NMOS to CMOS.
The company became, and remained to this day, a top ten semiconductor company, and the young engineer became its most famous CEO.
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