PCI-SIG Board of Directors Profiles
Michael Diamond is Director of Strategic Marketing at NVIDIA. He was Vice President of Operations for Intensys, a Graphics Processor company, before joining NVIDIA in 2001. Mr. Diamond serves on the Board of Directors for the PCI-SIG and the PC Gaming Alliance. He develops complex alliances and partnerships with large, multi-national companies. His business strategies and inventions are changing the PC landscape, authoring patents in areas such as Optimus, ION, CUDA, SLI, Hybrid, Quadro Plex, MXM, PCI Express, GPU Architecture, Semiconductor Design-Manufacturing-Power Optimizations, Virtualization and Content Protection. Mr. Diamond holds a B.S.E. degree from California State University Northridge, an M.S.M.E. and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and attended Executive Management programs at Caltech and MIT-Sloan.
Rick Eads is a senior product manager with expertise in technical/industrial marketing of test and measurement tools and electronic design automation software to leaders in the computer, semi-conductor, wired and wireless communications, storage and aerospace industries worldwide. Rick works on precision product definition and synthesis of breakthrough solutions that address new and emerging needs for both software and hardware products. He provides technical leadership in driving standards within industry organizations for PCI Express, ExpressCard, FB-DIMM (FBD), DDR, HyperTransport, ExpressCard, SATA, and InfiniBand. He has worked in marketing test and measurement products covering oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, microprocessor emulation solutions, ASIC emulation tools, EDA tools. Rick earned a M.B.A. from the University of Colorado with an emphasis on finance and marketing, and he graduated with a BSEE from Brigham Young University with an emphasis on digital design and computer architecture. He holds three patents and has published numerous papers and technical articles.
Michael Krause is a member of the PCI-SIG Board of Directors, and participates in multiple PCI-SIG technical workgroups. Michael Krause joined Hewlett-Packard in 1985 where he is currently a HP Fellow Engineer focused on local and fabric I/O and IPC technology development and strategy. He also acts as the HP technical lead for PCI Express as well as a co-author of the PCI Express specifications.
Betty Luk is a member of the PCI-SIG Board of Directors and has been the co-chair of the Serial Enabling workgroup since 2007. Betty is a system architect at AMD focusing on IP planning and the definition of graphics technology. Betty holds a BSEE from the University of Waterloo and a MEEE from Cornell University.
Ramin Neshati is a member of the PCI-SIG Board of Directors and the Treasurer of PCI-SIG. He chairs the Serial Communications Workgroup, which is responsible for coordinating industry enabling efforts for the adoption of PCI Express architecture. Additionally, Ramin acts as the PCI-SIG liaison with peer industry organizations. As the PCI Express (PCIe) engineering manager at Intel, Ramin oversees thedefinition of PCI Express specifications, including PCIe 1.x, 2.0 and 3.0.
Ramin holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, the M.B.A. with concentration on Corporate Strategy, and is studying for the Ph.D. in Engineering and Technology Management. Ramin is a veteran of the computer industry and currently works at Intel Corporation as the manager of I/O technology architecture and compliance.
Tony Pierce has served on the PCI-SIG Board of Directors since early 2000. In addition to his position on the board, Pierce has been an active member of the PCI Express workgroup.
Richard Solomon serves as Vice-President of the PCI-SIG. He is the Technical Marketing Manager for Synopsys' DesignWare PCI Express Controller IP, and has been involved in the development of PCI chips dating back to the NCR 53C810 and pre-1.0 versions of the PCI spec. Prior to joining Synopsys, Richard architected and led the development of the PCI Express and PCI-X interface cores used in LSI’s line of storage RAID controller chips. He has served on the PCI-SIG Board of Directors for over 10 years, and continues to represent Synopsys on wide variety of PCI workgroups. Richard holds a BSEE from Rice University and 25 US Patents, many of which relate to PCI technology.
Dr. Rick Wietfeldt serves as Sr. Technologist for Qualcomm in San Diego. His responsibilities include standards and architecture planning as pertaining to advanced connectivity technologies. Rick joined Qualcomm from Texas Instruments in Dallas, where between 2003 and 2007 he served as CTO, Emerging Technologies and Standards, and previously OMAP CTO. Prior to this he held CTO and Director titles at startups in Silicon Valley and San Diego. Rick holds a Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, and BSEE and MSEE degrees in communications engineering from the University of Toronto. He has worked in the fields of wireless and communications engineering for over 20 years and is well versed regarding technologies and trends in the wireless and consumer marketplaces.
Al Yanes has served as president of the PCI-SIG® since 2003 and chairman since 2006 and is a Distinguished Engineer for IBM in the Systems & Technology Division. He has 26 years of experience working with ASIC design in the I/O industry. Yanes holds 25 patents for PCI™ and other I/O technologies.
Yanes is a PCI Express® technology expert for the IBM Rochester office and he is involved in I/O design for IBM's Server products. Yanes holds a B.S. in computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.