I always get asked. WHAT is my husband doing in China?? AND I always tell.. Ah, same old same old- microchips... LIKE I KNOW A LOT about it......
Anyway. I copy and paste something about him from his company website.:) Read if you dare :)
Well, I haven't told him this often or almost never, but I am very proud of what he has accomplished or what he is trying to accomplish :)
Dr. Nick Tan, CTO
Nianxiong Nick Tan received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in electronic engineering from the Department of Electronic Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1988 and 1991, respectively, and the Licentiate degree of Engineering and Ph. D. in applied electronics from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Linkoping University, Sweden in 1993 and 1994, respectively.
After receiving his Ph. D. in 1994, he started analog and mixed-signal activities at Ericsson’s Microelectronics Research Center in Stockholm, Sweden. In his capacity as a project manager, he managed, coordinated, and participated in several analog R&D projects for wideband radio, RF CMOS, VDSL, and optical transmission. In 1997, he became adjunct professor at Linkoping University, Sweden. He was accredited as the youngest professor in the history of Linkoping University by a Swedish newspaper.
In 1998, he was recruited as analog design manager by Globespan, Inc. （now merged with Conexant）, Red Bank, NJ, then a pre-IPO startup (a spin off from Lucent/Bell Laboratory) working on DSL. He was shortly promoted to director of the analog operation. He was relocated to Irvine, CA in year 2000 after GlobeSpan went public and started a satellite analog design site in Southern California. In his role, he had been instrumental in setting up the analog group and strategizing product roadmaps. Besides his managerial role as the head of the department, he is the lead designer of first and second generation quad ADSL CO chip and first and second generation quad VDSL CO chip. These chips had been sold in tens of millions worldwide and had established GlobeSpan as one of the leading providers of xDSL chipsets.
In 2002, he became the youngest guest professor at the Dept. of Electronic Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
In 2003, he founded AnaLutions, Inc, an analog IC consulting firm in Southern California. He has since provided analog design consulting services. His major projects were circuit design for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), circuit design for 10-Gbit optical links, and data converters.
In 2005, he became a full professor in Zhejian University, Hangzhou, China.
Dr. Tan is one of the early proponents of a systems approach for RF and mixed-signal IC design. He has the excellent combination of research and production experience. He has the outstanding track record of starting activities from zero and leading it all the way to market success. He holds 21 granted US patents. He has published over 60 journal and conference papers. He has also authored and co-authored two books and one book chapter on analog IC design. He was session chair for the 1995 and 1997 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. He was co-editor for IEEE Circuits and Devices Magazine. He is the recipient of IEEE Circuits and Device Magazine Appreciation Award, year 2002. Dr. Tan is senior member of IEEE.