February 16, 2006 18:40 ET

P.A. Semi CEO Dobberpuhl Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Dobberpuhl Elected for Innovative Design and Implementation of High-Performance, Low-Power Microprocessors

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2006 -- P.A. Semi today announced that its CEO, President and Co-founder, Dan Dobberpuhl has been elected as a new member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dobberpuhl was elected for his innovative design and implementation of high-performance, low-power microprocessors. His nomination brings the total U.S. membership to 2,216 and the number of foreign associates to 186.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Dobberpuhl cofounded P.A. Semi in July 2003 where he has been developing the breakthrough PWRficient™ processor family, which was announced in October 2005. Prior to that, Dobberpuhl was vice president and general manager of the Broadband Processor division of Broadcom Corporation. He came to Broadcom via an acquisition of his previous company, SiByte Inc., founded in 1998, which Broadcom acquired in 2000. Before that, Dobberpuhl worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for more than 20 years, where he was credited with some of the most fundamental breakthroughs in microprocessor technology. In 1998, EE Times named Dobberpuhl as one of the "40 forces to shape the future of the Semiconductor Industry." In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious IEEE Solid State Circuits Award for "Pioneering design of high-speed and low-power microprocessors."

Dobberpuhl holds 15 patents and has authored many publications related to integrated circuits and CPUs, including coauthorship of the seminal textbook "Design and Analysis of VLSI Circuits," published by Addison-Wesley in 1985. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

The P.A. Semi PWRficient family of 64-bit multicore processors delivers high performance at unprecedented low power, and features a breakthrough system-on-chip architecture with all northbridge, southbridge, and network-interface functionality integrated into a single-chip. The first PWRficient processor, a dual-core device, operates at 2GHz with typical power dissipation in the range of 5 to 13 watts -- up to a tenfold advantage in performance-per-watt over industry equivalents.


Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, P.A. Semi was established in July 2003 by industry veterans to develop the groundbreaking high-performance, low-power PWRficient processor for high-performance computing and embedded applications based on the Power Architecture. P.A. Semi employs 150 people and is backed by two of the most respected venture-capital firms, Bessemer Venture Partners and Venrock Associates.

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