RCA | Cypress Semiconductor
I am here in San Jose at the Cypress Field Application Engineers annual conference. It is one of my most favorite weeks of the year as Iget to spend time with a greatest bunch of A.D.D.S., b*ll busting, no nonsense, problem solving guys I have ever met. The only thing that keeps any of them from being CTOs of big corporations is that they don’t work well for the man. In the middle of the week our CEO gave a keynote speech (second best presentation of the week, I'm told) and he gave a quick history of companies in Silicon Valley. I thought it was interesting that Motorola and Texas Instruments were both companies that did something before integrated circuits and both had very wide product lines. The companies in the West concentrated on particular products. The exception may be Fairchild Camera and Instrumentation. A company not mentioned was RCA. I remember them for the CMOS 4000 family and the COSMOS microprocessor. When and why did they get into semiconductors and want ever happen to them?