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William Burkland

William Burkland

e-mail: burkland@iastate.edu

William Burkland received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Iowa State University in 1984 and 1986 respectively. From 1986 to 1988, he worked for Iowa State University’s Microelectronics Research Center conducting research on VHF oscillators using thin-film bulk-acoustic-wave resonators.  From 1988 to 1993, he held various positions as an analog IC design engineer in several semiconductor companies working in both bipolar and CMOS technologies.  In 1993 he co-founded Electronic Technology Corporation (ETC), a start-up Fab-less semiconductor company, where he also served as president and lead design engineer till 2000. At ETC, Mr. Burkland initially worked on mixed-signal CMOS ASICs including automotive voltage regulator ASICs, electronic ignition ASICs, and express-down power window controllers, which were used in OEM and aftermarket automotive production.  Later designs were catalog high-performance products including microprocessor supervisors and switch-mode power supplies.  In 2000, ETC was acquired by Micrel Semiconductor Inc., where Mr. Burkland continued to serve as Design Center Director till 2008.  At Micrel, Mr. Burkland worked on USB transceivers and power switches, electroluminescent lamp drivers, switching regulators, PCI hot-swap controllers and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) controllers implemented in Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) technology.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at PMRL working in the area of switch-mode power supply design for RF and mixed-signal SoCs and digitally-controlled power converters. Mr. Burkland holds 10 U.S. patents.