EETimes (8/2/2013 10:50 AM EDT)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In a wide-ranging interview, the incoming chief executive of Exar Corp. told us that real analog men don't need fabs, fear of counterfeiting has stymied China's chip foundries, and the Internet of Things is one of his new growth engines.
Louis DiNardo has a long track record in analog. He started his career with Analog Devices, spent 13 years at Linear Technology, and served as chief executive of Xicor, which was acquired by Intersil. He spent several years as a venture capitalist before taking the reins at Exar in January 2012 to manage its turnaround. In his first few months, he laid off a whopping 40 percent of its staff and executed acquisitions in high-performance analog and data compression chips.
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