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Professional Background

Sümer Can has a successful track record of over 25 years in designing and developing key analog and mixed signal integrated circuits.

He has been a core contributor for a number of industry leading companies in both a technical and management capacity, including Sperry Univac (Design Engineer), Philips Components (Section Leader), National Semiconductor (Sr. Design Manager), Fujitsu Microelectronics (Design Director), and Maxim Integrated Products (Principal Member of Technical Staff).

More recently, he was Design Manager at Intersil Semiconductor, supervising a small group of design engineers while actively designing his own chips in the Consumer Power Management Unit. His work at Intersil focused on designing and developing LDO's, PWM Controllers, Buck and Boost Converters, Battery Chargers, and Hot Swap chips.

Sümer is currently the Vice President of Design Engineering at OEA International, Inc., a privately held company in Morgan Hill, California, where he is responsible for developing two IC Product lines (RF and Power Management).

In addition to Power Management chips, Sümer has applied his expertise to designing Servo chips for disk drives, an Ethernet Transceiver chip for IEEE Standard 802.3 (one of the first Ethernet chips), Clock and Watch chips, Temperature Sensors (analog and digital), RF chips, Custom Automotive chips, and Microprocessor Supervisory chips.

Some of Sümer's professional highlights include:

  • Designing one of the first Ethernet Transceiver (NE8392A) chips, which became the industry-accepted solution. Designed for the coaxial medium (IEEE Standard 802.3, 10Base2), it became the core design for the development of many Ethernet Transceiver products by Philips.

  • Deriving and developing an explicit Integral Transformation for non-linear systems while collaborating with NASA Ames Research Center and Santa Clara University. Named the Laplace Borel and Fourier Borel Transformations, these Integral Transformations were developed as part of an effort to build a mathematical framework which could be used to investigate Chaotic Behavior Turbulence in Non-linear Dynamical Systems.

  • Publishing work on Phase-Locked Loops that was selected to be included in the gold standard book on Phase-Locked Loops, "Monolithic Phase-Locked Loop and Clock Recovery Circuits: Theory and Design" by IEEE Press and J. Wiley, 1996.
Sümer has been issued nine US patents, as well as a number of European and Asian patents. He has published 16 articles in technical journals and conferences.

Sümer is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a member of the Technical Committee for the IEEE's International System on Chip Conference (SoCC).

Sümer obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He also completed graduate work and conducted independent research at Santa Clara University and NASA Ames Research Center.