When Moses Ran An IC Company
There was once a CEO of General Instruments called Moses Shapiro.
Although himself a lawyer, he had strong feelings about the education of engineers believing that they needed to take an interest in the wider world and not just in engineering.
At the 1962 IEDM he gave a presentation entitled ‘The Engineer – The Whole Man’ which encouraged engineers to appreciate literature, painting, music, poetry and the arts in general.
Under Shapiro, GI moved strongly into the IC business, focussing on MOS as early as 1963, and introducing a process it called MTOS (Metal Thick Oxide Semiconductor) in 1965 on which it made its MEM family of products.
GI recruited the renowned MOS pioneer Frank Wanlass. In 1969 it set up a fab in Glenrothes (currently owned by Semefab), and it had a second source deal with Ferranti.