MANHASSET, N.Y. Troubled processor company Transmeta Corp. appointed Robert Dickinson, president and chief executive of California Micro Devices, to its Board of Directors Thursday (May 19).
A 30-year industry veteran, Dickinson has been president, chief executive, and a director for California Micro Devices (Milpitas, Calif.), which makes applications-specific analog semiconductors, since April 2001. He has also held management positions at Cirrus Logic Inc., Western Digital Corp., and Verticom Inc.
California Micro Devices develops applications-specific integrated passive networks and related semiconductors along with chip-scale packaging. In targeting Dickinson, Transmeta appears to be seeking management experienced in value-added products as the company transitions its business model to one based on IP rather than products.
Unprofitable in recent quarters, Transmeta managed to narrow its loss for the March fiscal quarter after a March 31 restructuring that resulted in the loss of 67 jobs. The company, however, remains on somewhat shaky financial footing.