David R. Ditzel

David Ditzel
David R. Ditzel
President, CEO, ThruChip Communications

DAVID DITZEL is the president and CEO of ThruChip Communications, a startup company with breakthrough technology to make semiconductor systems smaller, lower power, and lower cost by stacking chips in 3D using near-field wireless communication. Previously, he was the vice president of Hybrid Parallel Computing at Intel.

In 1995 he founded Transmeta to develop his vision for a new kind of computer - one that would learn how to improve its performance and save power as it ran, the first to use advanced software as part of the processor itself. He remained president, CEO, and CTO of Transmeta until 2007. 

Ditzel has worked in advanced computer design for over 25 years, first as a computer architect and later in management and leadership roles for over 20 advanced processor design efforts. His work first attracted industry wide attention in 1980, when he coauthored "The Case for the Reduced Instruction Set Computer." RISC techniques were subsequently adopted by all major processor vendors.

Ditzel, who has published over 30 technical papers in the field of advanced computer design, holds a masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and a bachelors degree in computer science from Iowa State University. He is a sought-after speaker on computer design and has founded two new conferences, Hot Chips and Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems.