Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
The MOS Pioneer Which Got Screwed.
There was once a far-sighted government which, in 1967, gave one of its semiconductor companies a contract to instal an MOS process (a year before Intel was founded expressly to develop MOS memory).
At that time the far-sighted government was investing a third as much as the American government in chip R&D.
In 1968, however the semiconductor company was taken over and then, later in the same year, the acquiring company was itself taken over.
There years later the semiconductor company was closed down.
MORAL: M&A can be destructive.Tags: american government, Intel, memory, pioneer, semiconductor company