Analog Devices Awards Highest Technical Honor to ECE Alumnus

 Nakamura Honored for Contributions to Design Innovation & Leadership

July 29, 2005

ECE Alumnus Katsu Nakamura (B.S. ‘89; MS. ‘90; Ph.D. ‘94), a senior engineer for Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), has been named a fellow of the company, their highest technical honor. He was recognized during ADI’s 2005 General Technology Conference, attended by more than 1500 engineers from across their global sites. With his induction, he joins the ranks of 29 others out of more than 3,000 engineers worldwide. All fellows have contributed significantly to ADI’s business and demonstrated innovation, leadership, entrepreneurial ability, and consulting skills. They are company ambassadors who bridge organizations and teach and mentor others within the company. Along with Nakamura, his colleague Michael Coln was also honored.

“A commitment to engineering excellence is the lifeblood of Analog Devices, and the talent and dedication that Mike and Katsu bring to every project they undertake is a testament to that core belief,” said Sam Fuller, vice president of Research & Development for ADI. “But what really singles them out is their constant innovation. It’s this drive that solves our customers’ problems, generates the revenue that enables ADI to maintain an aggressive R&D schedule, and sets inspirational goals for our employees.”

After graduating Carnegie Mellon, Nakamura joined ADI, a global manufacturer of high performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, as a design engineer. The company reports that Nakamura has been a pivotal force and the chief architect for analog front ends (AFEs) in digital still cameras, leading them to well over a 50% share of the market. Holding 14 patents, he has guided the migration of AFE technology to deep-submicron complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processes while integrating components formerly only available using bipolar manufacturing techniques. Today, the fifth-generation of these products is available with performance that can be integrated with complex digital circuitry, and customers include all major camera manufacturers.

As a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Nakamura was advised by Rick Carley as part of the computer aided design (CAD) research group, now the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI). His M.S. report was “A Current Positive-Feedback Technique for Efficient Cascode Bootstrapping” and his thesis was “Low Power, High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Conversion Techniques.”

Source: Maria Tagliaferro, Analog Devices, Inc.

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