Rob Walker(650) 854-1139 

Rob graduated with a BSEE from UC Berkeley and an MSEE from San Jose State University. Rob worked at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and Ford Aerospace as a digital systems design engineer in the sixties. He held a variety of engineering positions at Fairchild Semiconductor in the early seventies, most notably as manager of Micromosaic Engineering, Fairchild's ASIC pioneering effort. In the late seventies Rob switched gears and was manager of Intel's Marketing Communications. In 1981, he joined Wilf Corrigan and two others to found LSI Logic Corporation, an ASIC design and manufacturing startup, as VP of Engineering. Since 1992 he has worked as a consultant to a number of high tech startups. 

Rob holds two patents and has authored over 30 articles and technical papers. He has taught classes on ASIC engineering and management principles. In 1992 his book, Silicon Destiny was published. It details the history of ASIC, LSI Logic Corporation, and variety of ASIC pioneers. 

In 1995 he began producing a series of video taped interviews with semiconductor innovators. The series, known as Silicon Genesis, is produced in cooperation with Stanford Libraries; the on going project has featured Gordon Moore, Ted Hoff, Federico Faggin, Les Hogan, Regis McKenna and others.   Rob spoke about his Oral History project when he was  featured on the television program   Nextstep, which aired on Nov 30, 2000".

In October 1997 Rob and Susan Ayers-Walker joined forces to form Walker Research Associates, a high tech consulting firm specializing in marketing and business development for emerging technology startup companies. 

Rob and his wife Susan use industry media to present points of view, for example the services they provide (Time to ditch the old development recipe, EE Times) or the new reality (Time to classify Intel as a computer company, Electronic Buyers News) and Silicon Valley History as seen on NextStep or just for fun (Nerds rule at High School Reunion, San Jose Mercury News.

Rob's consulting focus includes product positioning and promotion, engineering management, and startup financing. 

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