Michael Minter is a Distinguished Engineer with Broadcom Limited (formerly Avago Technologies and LSI Logic Corporation) where he has worked for past twenty-seven years, twenty-three years from a home office in Bowling Green, KY, designing over 150 individual application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and systems-on-a-chip (SoC) for over thirty different customers worldwide. His recent projects include data controller chips used in hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD) for Seagate Technology, Western Digital, Samsung, and Intel.
Currently Michael is working with advance teams on transitioning physical design processes and software for future projects to be designed in the 16-nanometer (FinFET) transistor technology. He also serves as a mentor to SoC design engineers in company offices located in the U.S. and in Bangalore, India as well as a consultant on other projects within the company’s Data Controller Division.
Michael holds three patents issued by the U.S. Patent Office covering novel techniques important to the SoC physical design process. In 2004 he received a company Inventor of the Year award for receiving his first patent. Additionally, he received the 1991 Vice President’s Achievement Award for his efforts in testing and qualifying the company’s next generation of computer-aided-design software and the 1999 Galahad Award recognizing his significant accomplishments in customer support and his impact to the design organization.
Prior to Broadcom Limited, Michael worked for two years at the General Electric Microelectronics Center in Research Triangle Park, NC designing circuits for ASICs used in military applications.
In 1986 he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. As an undergraduate he worked at IBM in Charlotte, NC in their college student co-op program on the design team for their first low-cost dot matrix printer, the Proprinter.