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Rob A. Rutenbar

Co-founder of Neolinear


Rob A. Rutenbar received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1984, and then joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent 25 years in Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU, ultimately holding the Stephen J. Jatras Chair. He was the founding Director of the Center for Circuit & System Solutions supported by DARPA and the US semiconductor industry, focused on design problems at the end of Moore’s Law scaling. In 2010 he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently Abel Bliss Professor and Head of Computer Science.
In 1998 he founded Neolinear, Inc., to commercialize the first practical synthesis tools for analog and mixed signal ICs; he served as Neolinear’s Chief Scientist until its acquisition by Cadence in 2004.

In 2006 he founded the Silicon Vox Corporation, now called Voci Technologies Inc., to commercialize high-speed speech recognition hardware. He is currently Chief Scientist at Voci.