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The semiconductor industry in Bulgaria

Recently I got inspired by a report about the semiconductor industry in the UK, and thought that it might be cool to copy some of their chart ideas and create a family tree about the semiconductor industry in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria can not boast with a large IC community, but actually, we have had quite a few successful, and not so successful IC ventures during the past 30 years. It all began during the 70s with the establishment of the Institute of Microelectronics and the semiconductor fabs around Botevgrad which used to produce discrete Ge and Si active devices. Later on during the 70s and 80s the fab produced MOS logic ICs of the 4000 and 7400 series, and also successfully copied and manufactured the IBM 6502 under the name CM630. This 8-bit processor was used in most of the early bulgarian personal computers - Pravetz.

After the fall of communism in 1989, the institute could not keep up innovating (if it ever has...) which led to its closure. Consequently most of the skilled resources emigrated, while a few remained to form a branch of Silway semiconductor (at that time a French fab). Later during the 90s there have been quite a few movements and acquisitions, making an average acquisition re-organization time of about 5-6 years.

Here is a graph chart of what I have managed to find out by talking to people and exploring the world of the internet:

Family tree of semiconductor companies in Bulgaria

Please, if you know more on the topic let me know in the comments, so I can update the chart. I am sure there is some missing information there.

Date:Mon Aug 14 18:34:53 GMT 2017


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