Achievement: Known as the father of the Pentium processor.
Vinod Dham is popularly known as the father of the Pentium processor.
Born in 1950 in Pune, he had his initial schooling in Pune. He did his
Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in
1971. Thereafter he had a brief stint with Continental Devices, a Delhi
based semiconductor company.
In 1975, Vinod Dham went to the US and did his Masters in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After completing his
Masters in 1977, Vinod Dham joined the National Cash Register (NCR) at
Dayton, Ohio. Vinod was a team member of the NCR's memory design group.
He received many patents for his work at NCR.
While making a presentation at the IEEE conference in Monterrey, California on
re-programmable memory, Vinod Dham received an offer from the Intel to
work with them. In January 1990, Vinod was in-charge of developing the
586 or Pentium processor. He worked relentlessly on the project and the
Pentium processor was a big hit in the market. Vinod Dham rose up the
corporate ladder and reached the position of the Vice President of the
Intel's Microprocessor Products Group. He quit Intel in 1995.
Thereafter, Vinod joined NexGen, a start-up firm as Chief Operating
Officer and Executive Vice President.. When Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
(AMD) acquired NexGen in 1996, Vinod Dham looked after the development
of AMD's famous K6 Processor, world's fastest personal computer
microprocessor. Later on he quit AMD.
Presently, Vinod Dham is the chairman, president and chief executive
officer of Silicon Spice, a communications technology development firm.