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January 12, 1988

NSDA DELAYS LAUNCH OF COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE BECAUSE OF CHIPS PROBLEMS

By CBR Staff Writer

In what is being picked on gleefully in Japan as evidence that Japan does not buy more US chips because the things are no damn good, the National Space Development Agency has delayed launch of its latest communications satellite by a couple of weeks because defective voltage regulator chips from National Semiconductor were found in a spare satellite and it wants to replace the chips in the bird that’s due to fly: TRW Components, which supplied the chips, says that the operational amplifiers it supplied were within spec; replacements are expected to come from the same source.

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