Robert Palmer (computer businessman)
Robert B. Palmer (born September 11, 1940) was an American businessman in the computer industry.
Palmer was a founder of Mostek Corporation, founded in 1969 by former employees of Texas Instruments. Mostek manufactured logic, memory, and microprocessor chips. In 1980, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) acquired Mostek Corporation, and Palmer became Executive Vice President of Semiconductor Operations.
Digital Equipment Corporation
From 1995 to 1998, Palmer served as Chairman of the Board until Digital was sold to Compaq.
Digital Equipment Corporation restructuring
In 1997, Digital sold its printing systems business to Virginia-based GENICOM.
In 1997, Digital sued Intel, accusing it of using some of Digital's patented technology to develop the Pentium microprocessor. Intel countersued, accusing Digital of violating 14 Intel patents. To settle the litigation, Digital sold its semiconductor production operations to Intel in 1998.
In 1997, Digital sold its networking business to Cabletron.
On 13 November 1997, Palmer announced that the corporate strategy would focus on the Internet in Enterprise Computing.
Sale of Digital to Compaq
After Digital Equipment Corporation
Palmer has served on the boards of a number of companies, including SEMATECH, the Semiconductor Industry Association, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Cicada Semiconductor Inc., and NLine Corporation.
Palmer is on the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research Board of Trustees, a non-profit preventative medicine research and education organization.
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