Became known as the godfather of Silocon Valley after founding Atheros and MIPS Computer Systems, Inc.
He studied engineering at Villanova University and earned his Ph.D in computer science while attending Stony Brook University.
He authored Computer Organization and Design: the Hardware/Software Interface with David A. Patterson.
He married Andrea Berti, his high school sweetheart.
He helped to update the MIX processor designed by Donald Knuth to the MMIX processor.