PAUL DLUGOSCH – PRESIDENT & CEO
In 2016, after a career of spanning nearly 20 years at Micron Technology, Paul Dlugosch founded Natural Intelligence Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company. Prior to founding NIS, Mr. Dlugosch was the Senior Director leading the Automata Processor program for the entirety of its 10-year existence at Micron. In this capacity, Mr. Dlugosch guided the definition and managed the development of the semiconductor architecture, software toolchain and hardware systems involved with the AP processing technology. After joining Micron in 1997 as an applications engineering manager for embedded memory products, Mr. Dlugosch held various leadership positions at Micron across key functional areas including; Corporate Marketing Manager with responsibility for Worldwide Field Applications Engineering and Marketing Communications and as Director of Marketing for the Networking and Communications Business Unit.
Prior to joining Micron Technology Mr. Dlugosch worked for 10 years at Hewlett Packard where he developed deep expertise in a variety of memory technologies. Mr. Dlugosch represented both Hewlett Packard and Micron at the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council and was President of the Council on Computing Power, an industry wide trade association. Mr. Dlugosch holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Dakota State University and holds several patents across various semiconductor technologies and architectures.
INDRANIL ROY PH.D. – SENIOR VP, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Indranil is a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductors and the Senior Vice President of Research and Development of the company. Before joining the company, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology and an Architect of Application development at Micron Technology, Inc. In these roles, he developed or was involved in the development of various techniques which widened the scope of usage of the processor to various fields such as cybersecurity, bioinformatics, fraud detection, image analysis, graph analysis, artificial intelligence and formal verification. His previous work experience also includes development of power management systems for a variety of portable multimedia players.
Indranil got his Bachelors in Engineering from the National Institute of Engineering in 2006, Masters from Iowa State University in 2011 and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015, winning the best dissertation award for the same year. He has authored and co-authored a wide variety of publications in conferences and journals related to high performance algorithms, computational biology and power-management. Outside his work, he likes to play tennis and build model-airplanes.
JIM HALL Ph.D. – VP, ENGINEERING
As a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor, Jim Hall is leading the company’s hardware development activity. Prior to joining Natural Intelligence, Dr. Hall held the position of Director of R&D Systems Integration at Micron Technology, Inc., focusing on ASIC and systems development for various storage and memory applications. In this role he and his team became involved in the Automata Processor program at Micron, beginning the transition of the technology into an advanced logic process design. At Micron, Dr. Hall also held the role of Director of Technology Enablement, working to architect and define emerging memories in a systems context.
Prior to Micron, he held management and engineering positions at Marvell Semiconductor, Agilent Technologies, and Extended Systems, Inc. During his 24 year career, he has worked in and managed a broad set of functions and technologies including hardware, ASIC, firmware and software for products in storage, networking, imaging and printing. In the course of his work he has built and managed multi-geographical R&D teams in the US, China, and India. Dr. Hall holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Boise State University, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from National Technological University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
DAN SKINNER – VP, STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
As a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor Dan Skinner is leading the company’s Strategy and Business Development activities. Before joining Natural Intelligence, Mr. Skinner was most recently the Director of Business Development for Automata Processing at Micron Technology, Inc, focusing on the development of commercial customers and ecosystem partners. His career at Micron spanned 27 years with roles in Engineering and Management, where amongst other accomplishments he managed the CellularRAM™, Mobile SDRAM, and RLDRAM™ product lines. During his tenure as Director of Mobile DRAM Architecture he served as chairman of the LPDDR3 and LPDDR4 JEDEC Task Groups and in 2014 received the JEDEC Award of Excellence in recognition for his leadership of those efforts.
Mr. Skinner has 8 published U.S. patents with 2 additional patents pending. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
TERRY LESLIE – VP, EXTERNAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
As a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor Terry Leslie is leading the creation of external research and development programs with partners in universities, government and industry. Prior to Natural Intelligence, Mr. Leslie was the Director of Business Development for Automata Processing at Micron Technology, Inc, working with university and government partners since 2014. In 2002 Mr. Leslie was the Vice President of Quality at Dominion Semiconductor when it was acquired by Micron. In his 14-year career at Micron he held various engineering and management positions in Micron’s memory manufacturing organization ranging from test to quality systems. In 2010 Mr. Leslie was named to Micron’s Technical Leadership Program as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and continued to provide leadership on manufacturing efficiency and quality systems programs across Micron’s worldwide memory fabricator network.
Throughout his 38-year career at IBM, Dominion Semiconductor and Micron, he has held engineering and engineering management positions and has contributed to the startup and ramp up of three semiconductor research and manufacturing fabricators. Mr. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Science in the Management of Technology from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt, has multiple technical publications and holds several patents on semiconductor process engineering technology.
MATT TANNER – VP, CUSTOMER ENGINEERING
As a founding member of Natural Intelligence, Matt Tanner is leading customer and applications engineering activities. Mr. Tanner was the former Applications Engineering Manager of the Automata Processing at Micron Technology Inc. Mr. Tanner started his career in 1999 at Intel as a Product Engineer for Intel Motherboards. He also worked as a Motherboard Design Engineer before transferring over to a silicon group to work on the XScale Microprocessor. In 2005 he chose to work for Micron Technology, initially in the CAD group. Shortly thereafter he joined a team that performed Black Box random testing on a variety of Micron memory devices. Mr. Tanner eventually managed the test team before transitioning over to the Automata Processing team. He graduated from Brigham Young University with dual bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering Technology and has been awarded two patents with a number of others currently in process.
HAROLD NOYES – FOUNDING MEMBER
Harold Noyes is the Senior Architect for the Natural Processing Unit (NPU) and one of the founding members of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor. Prior to the founding of Natural Intelligence, he worked for Micron Technology, Inc., as the Senior Architect (Hardware) for the Automata Processor (AP) investigation and development. With more than 35 years in electrical engineering, Mr. Noyes has worked in various research & development roles, with Hewlett-Packard Company, Inc., (25 years), as a contract engineer for Freescale Semiconductor (2 years), and with Micron Technology (8 years). His experience encompasses both engineering and project management roles, including the NPU and AP architectures, printed circuit assembly design and qualification, HALT & HASS systems and methods, electromagnetic compatibility design & regulatory compliance testing, modem design, full-custom SRAM silicon design, ASIC design, FPGA design and technical writing.
Mr. Noyes is named as inventor or co-inventor on 38 issued U.S. patents (34 specifically for the Automata Processor). He is the author of various technical papers, including “An Efficient and Scalable Semiconductor Architecture for Parallel Automata Processing”, and Chapter 3.9 (Parallel Pattern Matching using the Automata Processor) of the “Handbook of Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision”, 5th edition, edited by C.H. Chen. Mr. Noyes was invited to present the AP architecture as one of the keynote speakers at the HEART 2014 conference. He received his B.S.E.E. degree from Utah State University, in 1981, where he was elected as a member of Tau Beta Pi and served as President of the Utah Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi for the 1980-81 academic year.
DAVE ROBERTS – FOUNDING MEMBER
David A. Roberts is a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor and is focused on processor design. Mr. Roberts has over 30 years of semiconductor experience. Prior to Natural Intelligence, he worked for multiple semiconductor companies including, Micron, Zilog, Sharp Microelectronics of America, Advanced Micro Devices, and Texas Instruments. He held various levels of Manager and Design positions at these companies. As a manager at Sharp, he led the Blue Streak microcontroller engineering development and released five ARM based controllers to production in four years. At Zilog, he managed the projects leading them into new markets of Motor Control and Point of Sale terminals. Notable engineering career achievements include design engineer on world’s first GaAs microprocessor which was awarded DARPA Outstanding Technical Achievement; first to apply GaAs integrated remote diode isolation methodology used on a supercomputer network IC; first to use a Silicon Compiler successfully at Texas Instruments on a CMOS data preprocessor for an SDI antiballistic missile; design engineer on Elan SC300, the first PC on a chip designed at AMD; Principal Investigator and design lead for SBIR phase I and II programs of an ultra-low power microcontroller using sub-threshold operating transistors. Mr. Roberts has a BSEE from Colorado State University.
RUSSELL LLOYD – FOUNDING MEMBER
Russell Lloyd has a rich history of design experience in the semiconductor industry that spans over 25 years. He is a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor and is highly qualified in digital and mixed signal circuit design and has many proven designs in various consumer markets. His previous position was an ASIC Design and Verification Engineer at Micron Technology where he was instrumental in moving the Automata Processor from the DRAM process to a purely logic process. He also designed a large portion of a high speed solid state drive (SSD) controller. Mr. Lloyd was a Staff Design Engineer at Zilog Inc. for sixteen years where he produced many full chip microcontroller projects and memory designs. His earlier experience includes Digital Video processing, Synchronous Optical Fiber telecommunications, and a Systems Test Engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mr. Lloyd is a veteran of the US Navy where he supported the electrical and instrument systems on the F-14 aircraft. Mr. Lloyd holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Math minor from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. He has been granted 5 patents for innovations associated with his circuit and memory designs.
STEVE NARUM – FOUNDING MEMBER
Steven Narum is a founding member of Natural Intelligence Semiconductor and has held roles as an embedded systems designer and design manager since 1991 for various companies. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Narum worked at Micron Technology as an embedded systems architect designing controllers for enterprise grade Solid State Drives (SSDs) and the Automata Processor. Previously he worked for ZiLOG Inc, Sensory Systems, and Cypress Semiconductor, where he was the lead hardware designer for the TCAM products used in backbone network routers, designed numerous touch-sense applications, 2.4GHz radio products, and the MiniProg3 development tool. Mr. Narum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from University of Idaho and is the author of eight US and international patents.