Thirty Years of Texas Instruments’ Digital Signal Processing: What's Next?


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Dr. Gene Frantz & Dr. Fernando Mujica

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37-252, Marlar Lounge

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AN MTL/RLE SPECIAL SEMINAR, Thirty Years of Texas Instruments’ Digital Signal Processing: What's Next?, Gene Frantz, TI Principal Fellow & Fernando Mujica, Director, System Architectures Lab, Texas Instruments, Inc. Monday, October 22, 2012 4:00pm (Refreshments at 3:45pm) 37-252, Marlar Lounge

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Monday, October 22, 2012 - 4:00pm

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Refreshments at 3:45pm
Independent of who is telling the story, digital signal processing (DSP) is a relatively new concept. At Texas Instruments, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the programmable DSP this year. That birth 30 years ago was the result of many discoveries made in research labs such as at MIT. In this talk, we’ll only focus on that part of the DSP story in which we played a prominent role. We will start with our first programmable DSP, the TMS32010, and tell how DSP moved from being magic to being a permanent part of our lives. We will finish with a few predictions of what the future might hold for these amazing processors which take the theories of signal processing and make their magic much more than an illusion.
GENE FRANTZ always knew he wanted to be an engineer. He spent much of his youth taking things apart, subsequently earning his parents’ clemency by convincing them it was all in the name of discovery. Now, as a Texas Instruments Principal Fellow and one of the industry’s foremost experts in digital signal processing (DSP), Frantz continues to bend the rules to propel innovation. His fearless drive and expert insight help pilot TI’s success in delivering DSP technology that enables customers to create products not previously conceived. Frantz is a Fellow of the Institution of Electric and Electronics Engineers, and he holds more than 45 patents in the area of memories, speech, consumer products and DSP. He has written more than 50 papers and articles and continually presents at universities and conferences worldwide. Frantz is widely quoted in the media, due to his tremendous knowledge and visionary view of DSP. Frantz received his BSEE from the University of Central Florida in 1971, his MSEE from Southern Methodist University in 1977 and his MBA from Texas Tech University in 1982.
FERNANDO MUJICA is Director, System Architectures Lab of the Systems and Applications R&D Center at Texas Instruments, Inc. He is responsible for the technical direction of the lab and for maintaining a pipeline of projects in support of businesses across TI. Fernando and the researchers in his organization work on a wide range of technologies including signal processing techniques to enhance analog solutions, signal processing VLSI architectures and massively parallel multi-core programmable co-processors. Fernando’s research interests are in the general area of signal processing. He has been granted seventeen US patents and has more in the pipeline. Fernando holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, and Electronic Engineering and Magister in Electronic Engineering degrees from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. In his spare time Fernando enjoys playing tennis, photography and motor sports. He is a club-racer and high-performance driving instructor for the BMW Car Club of America. He also instructs for Apex Driving Academy and Street Survival, a teenager driving program. He is married to Gayle and they have three children: Elena, Sofia, and Andy.