MANHASSET, N.Y. Recognizing his contributions to the semiconductor industry, Texas Instruments Inc. has elected Gene Frantz, a foremost authority on digital signal processing, as a TI principal fellow, joining an elite group of four innovators who have reached the highest rung on TI's technical ladder.
"Gene's vision and technical contribution to the progression of digital signal processing technology has benefited both TI and the electronics industry," said Tom Engibous, TI's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "He is a dynamic leader who fosters innovation and inspires others to overcome technical limitations, a critical success factor in advancing technology."
As a principal fellow, Frantz will head TI's Technical Advisory Board. The board provides long-term guidance to top management about emerging technical trends which may impact TI's business and products. He will also continue his work as the company's DSP business development manager, with responsibility for creating new businesses within TI using DSP technology.
Frantz joined TI in 1974 and led an educational products development team to create the Speak & Spell learning aid. He has since held numerous positions within the company's DSP business unit, most recently as a TI senior fellow and DSP new business development manager. Colleagues recognize Frantz as having his finger on the pulse of future trends. His documentation of the relationship between power dissipation and performance is broadly accepted as "Gene's Law."
Frantz is a fellow of the Institution of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds 30 patents in the areas of memories, speech, consumer products and DSP, has written more than 50 papers and articles and is a frequent presenter at universities and conferences worldwide. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.