Our success and continued leadership in the storage and networking industry is based in large part on the intellectual contributions of LSI Fellows. The special designation of Fellow is an acknowledgement of engineering brilliance and vision – and of the key role our engineers play in shaping the standards and practices of our industry. Their expertise will be of primary importance as we create and deliver the next generation of world-class storage and networking technologies.
Tim Hoglund, Architecture, RAID Storage Division
Tim Hoglund, of the RAID Storage Division, has a 20-year legacy with the company through NCR, AT&T and Symbios. With strong expertise in hardware, software and firmware development, he is widely recognized as a top technical contributor and chief architect. Hoglund’s most significant achievement includes the fundamental patent in the Storage Systems Division that enables Dual-Active Redundant RAID controllers, as well as the more recent disclosures centered on SAS controller and expander architecture. He continues to be active in on direct next generation SAS standards to ensure LSI remains to be the industry’s leading SAS solution provider. Named "LSI Inventor of the Year" in 2001, Tim has been responsible for more than 50 Invention Disclosures, 26 of which were filed and 14 of which were issued.
Yuan Xing Lee, Read Channel IP Development, Storage Peripherals Division
Yuan Xing Lee, in Read Channel IP Development in the Storage Peripherals Division, brings deep technical knowledge of channel IP experience to the company through the definition and execution of key new products. His technical knowledge of channel IP is the principal value add on our hard drive SOCs. In addition, Lee is known and respected by every one of LSI’s customers. Lee and the team developed the industry’s first 40nm LDPC read channel architecture (Mamba), which is ramping to production in 40nm silicon. Lee continues to lead the read channel core IP development efforts, comprising of read channel architecture, analog mixed-signal design and layout, LDPC digital design, and silicon validation, where his unique talents have propelled LSI into an industry leadership position.
Sailesh Merchant, IP Law-Patent Assertion
Sailesh M. Merchant has been with AT&T Bell Labs/Lucent/Agere/LSI since 1988. He started his career as a packaging and assembly engineer investigating die attachment and wire bonding methods for undersea cable devices. Later he developed processes and integration schemes for manufacturing leading-edge silicon integrated circuits such as silicidation, barriers for contact and via plugs, metallization, and bond pad support structures. He has also worked as a reliability engineer, assessing useful lifetimes of aluminum and copper-based interconnects. At present he is with the IP-Law department, leveraging LSI’s semiconductor, packaging and assembly patent assets for generating revenue. He is a Fellow of ASM International (formerly American Society for Metals), a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Life Member of Sigma Xi.
Robert Ober, System Architect, Corporate Strategy Office
Rob Ober, of LSI’s Corporate Strategy Office, has 29 years of experience in processor and system architecture. He leads the development of advanced technology and architectures in enterprise solutions. Previously, he was a Fellow in the office of the CTO at AMD, with responsibility for mobile and embedded platforms, as well as wireless strategy, and was one of the founding Board members of OLPC ($100 laptop.org). He was Chief Architect at Infineon Technologies and was responsible for the mobile phone application platform, and their embedded processor family. He also worked at Apple Computer, where he was involved in the creation of the PowerPC, StrongARM, and ARC processors. Ober has created a series of award-winning innovations and has a portfolio of patents in processor architecture, power management, storage, and communication technologies.
John Osenbach, Package Technology, Worldwide Manufacturing Operations
John Osenbach, in Worldwide Manufacturing Operations, has been with AT&T/Lucent/Agere/LSI for 25 years. In AT&T Bell Labs, he spent 10 years developing new material and processes for leading edge silicon technology, and 10 years developing material, processes and package technology for single mode optical devices, being named a Bell Labs Fellow. For the last five years, he has been developing materials and processes for packaging devices made in leading edge silicon technology. Osenbach has 30 issued patents and more than 80 publications. He is a past editor of the J. Electrochemical Society, has organized and chaired symposium on dielectrics and optoelectronics, and is a governor-appointed member of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disability Council.
David Sonnier, System Architecture, Networking Components Division
David Sonnier, in the Networking Components Division, has 9 years of history with this product line. He was an early member and lead architect of the original Agere, which developed the APP network processor. That company was acquired by Lucent, spun out as part of the new Agere, which merged with LSI. Prior to joining the company, he was system architect at Tandem computers where he drove the architecture of their fault tolerant computers. He has great experience in areas including networking, CPU design, SoC architecture, systems engineering, operating systems and real time embedded applications. He has over 35 patents issued and many more on file.