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actel.com

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Acq - P2P | Acquired

About Actel

Actel is a manufacturer of nonvolatile, low-power field programmable gate arrays, mixed singal FPGAs and programmable logic solutions.

Actel Headquarter Location

Mountain View, California, 94035,

United States

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A Meeting With Andy Grove

Jun 4, 2021

Some years ago, John East, the CEO of Actel went to ask the late, great Andy Grove, Co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Intel, for bleeding edge fab capacity. “When I met him in the Intel headquarters building everyone around him was looking good in their suits, white shirts and silk ties,” recalls East, “when Andy came down the stairs though, he was wearing jeans and an old sweater. Andy didn’t want to go out to lunch because it was too hard to get a parking place when you came back. (He was the kind of guy who would never have a reserved parking place for himself. The best parking places ought to go to the people who got there earliest.) So we ate in the Intel cafeteria.” ”We waited in line with everyone else. He paid cash for both our meals.Then we found a table that was at least a little isolated. Actel was a fabless company. Intel had the best fab technology. I wanted to be able to use the Intel technology for Actel’s FPGAs,” adds East, “the hard part was figuring out what we could give Intel in return that they would value but wouldn’t put them in direct competition with us.” ”I thought I had it figured out,” continues East, “I had prepared a thick binder full of the details of my proposal and all the benefits that would accrue to Intel if they took us up on our offer. When we sat down, I whipped out my massive binder, turned to page one, and started to take Andy through it. He stopped me. He reached over and closed the binder: ‘John,’ said Grove, ‘in 25 words or less, what is it you want from Intel?’ ‘Fab capacity on your advanced line,’ ’John. You’re a good guy. I like you. So I’m going to offer you a choice.’ ’Great. What’s that, Andy?’ ’I have a large staff of MBAs who came from really impressive schools who work on these kinds of proposals for us. They’re top notch. If you like I’ll give them your proposal and ask them to study it thoroughly and provide a well reasoned, written response. That will probably take them a month or so. I’m quite sure their answer will be no. The other option is that I can tell you no right now and save you from having to wait a month.Which way would you like to go on this?’ “No beating around the bush when you’re dealing with Andy Grove!” Recommended Articles

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Actel Patents

Actel has filed 119 patents.

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