Daniel W. Dobberpuhl
|Daniel W. Dobberpuhl|
March 25, 1945 |
|Education||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering|
|Engineering discipline||Microprocessor design|
|Significant projects||MicroVAX, Alpha, StrongARM, PWRficient|
|Significant design||DEC Alpha|
|Significant awards||IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award (2003)|
Dobberpuhl was born in Streator, Illinois on March 25, 1945. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1967. He worked as an engineer for the Department of Defense until 1973 when he worked for GE Integrated Circuits Lab in Syracuse, New York, making application-specific integrated circuits.
In 1976 Dobberpuhl joined Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Hudson, Massachusetts as a semiconductor engineer and led teams designing microprocessors such as the DEC T-11 and MicroVAX. He rose to become one of five senior corporate consulting engineers, DEC's highest technical positions. As such he led the teams designing the first three generations of the DEC Alpha processor and published a 1985 text book called "a leading text in the field."
In 1998 Dobberpuhl co-founded SiByte, where as president he led the design of the SB1250 high performance MIPS System-on-a-chip processor. In 1998, EE Times named Dobberpuhl as one of the "40 forces to shape the future of the Semiconductor Industry." SiByte was funded by venture capital as well as large companies such as ATI Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Juniper Networks. After a third round of $40 Million was raised in May 2000, the company was bought by Broadcom in November of that year for stock worth over $2 Billion. Dobberpuhl stayed until 2003 as vice president and general manager of the Broadcom broadband processor division.
Later that year he left to found P.A. Semi, a fabless semiconductor company that designed the PWRficient family of Power Architecture processors. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 for "Innovative design and implementation of high-performance, low-power microprocessors." In 2008 P.A. Semi was sold to Apple Inc.
- Lance A. Glasser; Daniel W. Dobberpuhl (1985). The design and analysis of VLSI circuits. Addison Wesley. ISBN 978-0-201-12580-1.
- D.W. Dobberpuhl; et al. (November 1992). "A 200-MHz 64-b dual-issue CMOS microprocessor". IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 27 (11): 1555–1567. doi:10.1109/4.165336.
- D.W. Dobberpuhl (September 15, 1997). "Circuits and technology for Digital's StrongARM and ALPHA microprocessors". Seventeenth Conference on Advanced Research in VLSI: 2–11. doi:10.1109/ARVLSI.1997.634842. ISBN 0-8186-7913-1.
- Committee on Sustaining Growth in Computing Performance (March 21, 2011). The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?. National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-15951-7.
- David Ditzel (December 5, 2003). "A Conversation with Dan Dobberpuhl; Topic: Power Management". ACM Queue. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "2003 - Daniel Dobberpuhl". IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits Recipients biographies. IEEE. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "Network processor startup SiByte raises $40 million in third funding round". News release. May 16, 2000. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- Loring Wirbel (November 6, 2000). "Broadcom acquires MIPS core provider SiByte". EE Times. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "EDS Members Named Winners of the 2003 IEEE Technical Field Awards". EDS Newsletter (IEEE). April 2003. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits Recipients". IEEE. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "P.A. Semi CEO Dobberpuhl Elected to the National Academy of Engineering". News release (Highland Capital Partners). February 16, 2006.
- "Distinguished Alumni Award (2003)". University of Illinois. 2003. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- Tom Moone (May 20, 2009). "Alumnus Dobberpuhl receives College of Engineering Alumni Honor Award". University of Illinois. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- Katie Marsal (March 13, 2010). "Former P.A. Semi chief leaves Apple for chip startup - report". Apple Insider. Retrieved July 2, 2011.