Mary Anne Potter


Biographic Note


Mary Anne Potter started to work at Texas Instruments on June 26, 1962, as a process/product engineer on Minuteman ICs.  Early on, she became the lead process engineer for the quad-diffused IC designs at TI, and was involved in some of the original and historic work on the first large scale production of integrated circuits.  Ms. Potter stayed at TI through the 1960s, working with a variety of integrated circuit development activities.  Later, she was employed at a number of other well known semiconductor companies, including MOSTEK, AMI, and Fairchild. Ms. Potter later returned to TI, where she became TI’s first female fab manager. Later she transferred into the Defense Systems and Electronics Group for TI. She became a Raytheon employee when Raytheon bought DSEG.    This Oral History provides a fascinating technical overview of the early TI integrated circuit manufacturing environment and, in addition, offers an insight into the professional working environment of a young engineer in the new and emerging semiconductor industry of the 1960s.


















Oral History – Mary Anne Potter


 This Oral History was taken in Sept 2001


Professional Experience with Early

TI Integrated Circuits.


On June 26, 1962, I started to work for TI as a process/product engineer on Minuteman ICs. I was surprised to learn  that the engineer who had made me the original job offer had since left TI to work for another company.  I later discovered that TI also stood for “training institute” and that many graduating engineers came to TI to get some experience and then go to other companies - TI engineers were greatly sought after.  I think this position may have been one of the most significant ones in my technical career because the department manager was Jack Kilby, and the department people were “pioneering” IC processing and design. Years later, Jack  was awarded the patent for the invention of the IC. I worked in his organizations for about 6 of the years I was at TI the first time. Jack had invented the IC a few years before I joined TI, but the business itself had not grown very fast until TI received the Minuteman IC order. I was to be a process/product engineer for the four designs in the quad-diffused category.




Potter Oral History, Page 2


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