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An inventor of Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) architecture, he joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1982. As a member of the Group Management Committee, he led efforts to define the next generation of computer-based instruments and design tools, and he guided work that produced significant contributions to integrated circuit design systems and methodology. As Director, he drove work on the first single-chip implementation of HP's Spectrum precision architecture. He restructured the lab to optimize the skill base and better address emerging technologies, and he launched labs and university collaborations in Tokyo; Pisa, Italy, and at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, he spent 22 years as a member of the technical staff at IBM Corporation's Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory in Yorktown Heights, New York. He was one of the original designers of the RISC Architecture, for which he was named "Inventor of the Year" by the Intellectual Property Owners in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Royal Philips Electronics, headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from 1991 to 1997. He joined Exar Corporation (Exar) as a Director in August 1998. Exar is a semiconductor company that designs, sub-contracts manufacturing and sells silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. The Company?s product portfolio includes power management and interface components, datacom products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. The Company?s products are deployed in a array of applications, such as portable electronic devices, set top boxes, digital video recorders, telecommunication systems, servers, enterprise storage systems and industrial automation equipment. From 1989 to November 2004, he served as a Director of Coherent, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture and sale of lasers. In June 2002, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Accerra Corporation, a provider of secure online services for business communications located in Santa Rosa, California. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Operations Management and an Honorary Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of New Haven.
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    One of the original designers of the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) Architecture
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