To: "brian fuller"
Cc: "junko yoshida" Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:50:21 PM
Subject: requiem for an era
Hello Mr Fuller,
I spent most of WWII in the SF area.
Fort Berry, the Presidio and Berika Street.
My mother and I visited the carrier Franklin on its return to SF.
I was a student at Commodore Sloat school in SF for about first and second grade.
We moved to San Mateo in about 1947.
I was a student at Beresford grade school in south san mateo.
Diane Varsi was a classmate.
Then Borel middle school. I was there for the days of '49.
I attended San Mateo high school.
Enviromental damage done by silicon valley and the freeway system was great.
Electronic Engineering Times, January 22, 1996, p. 84.
AND since I am MAD about this I would add, try to find a simple part now like a 3046 transistor array.......??
The industry is now MARKET driven which means if the Chinese robots are not chomping about a million of a line item a month the fat cats in TI marketing will probably delete it......!!!
National's databooks and appnotes were always excellent. For authoritative comment see all input on web from Bob Pease and Paul Rako, both ex-NSC employees. The best linear appnotes in the business are by Bob Pease and Jim Williams (LT).
TI will just delete useful NSC parts and the creative electronics industry will be the WORSE for it. DAMN !!!!
I've ALWAYS had problems trying to find data on any product made by a company that was later absorbed by another company. Almost certainly the same will happen to NS. I'll be hanging on to my 1980 data books....
RWatkins, you make a fantastic point. Something like 75 % of all mergers fail. (And I'd love to see data that slices the results by size of merger)...
As journalists, we should probably start every merger story by writing "Three quarters of all mergers fail. Why is this any different?"
All of these comments and no mention of what most of us "old timers" are worried about. We hope that TI purchased National to get a better grip on the market, not to eliminate its competitor. We have seen TI purchase other entities and create nightmares for designers. Two good examples are TI's Burr-Brown and Luminary purchases. In each case, products were assimilated poorly and details were lost in release of new products that drove designers away from TI when stuff that had historically been high quality did not work, did not perform per data sheet, or worse experienced early failure due to chip design issues not resolved prior to release. I personally felt this pain designing in a Burr Brown ADC (first problem EVER using Burr Brown product) and a Luminary processor (separate projects). Let us all pray to the TI bean-counter gods that they will not lay off critical engineering staff that had kept National product releases and quality exceptional, and they will not force premature release of products that were in the pipeline at time of purchase.