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July 27, 1988

MEMORY CHIP BUSINESS TO FALL UNDER CONTROL OF THE MOB?

By CBR Staff Writer

The industry had better be careful or it’ll find that the memory chip business has fallen under control of the Mob – yes we know the Semiconductor Industry Association seems to spend so much time doing its Own Thing, which is very much not Cosa Nostra with the poor companies who have to use the Japanese chips the Association wants to keep out, but there really is no evidence that it’s run from Palermo: Newsbytes reports that someone wanted memory chips so badly that he stole 33,000 of them, worth almost $400,000, from Tri-Data Systems at a Northern California warehouse, and police are without suspects despite a $5,000 reward; Tri-Data now stores its chips in a six-foot-tall vault, and other Silicon Valley firms send them around in Loomis armoured trucks, but then at $784 an ounce, the things are worth near double theib weight in gold.

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