Sears was taking orders for Christmas delivery of the new Super Pong game. It was the most anticipated gift for Christmas! Atari was building the set top boxes and dual controllers, the whole system - minus the microchip. The micro electronic chip was being manufactured by a group out of Texas, struggling with a serious corrosion problem.
There was a very serious concern that the manufacturing problem was not going to be resolved before Christmas. Sears, Atari and the chip mfg were in trouble, and most of all all of those orders would fail at the worst time. Santa’s requests, for the most sought after gift that Christmas, would not be filled. Many folks would be so disappointed!
MICARL, Motorola Integrated Circuit Advanced Research Lab committed to help out! The Lab and so many folks worked tirelessly and rescued Super Pong and all of Sears Christmas orders! Atari donated several Super Pong Systems
to MICARL for an employee drawing. I was a technician in the MICARL, CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Technology group at the time. All were proud
to help and not let the Grinch steal Christmas.
MICARL was located in Motorola, in Mesa Arizona on Broadway and Dobson Rds.