WPI Professor Kaveh Pahlaven Part of Team to Counsel GCD in Next Phase of Wireless Networking Leadership

GCD Introduces the Membership of Industry Experts to its Technical Advisory Board

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David MacDonald
Global Communication Devices

North Andover, Mass. - May 20, 2002 - Global Communication Devices (GCD), a fabless supplier of highly integrated semiconductor devices for wireless networking applications, today announced that the assembling of a Technical Advisory Board (TAB), with highly-respected members of both the industry and academic communities, to assist in developing and maintaining a leading technology position within the wireless industry. The TAB, chaired by GCD's chief technical officer, Kenneth O, will meet twice per year and will provide additional informal input upon request.

"I'm proud to have the honor of such industry giants provide input to the direction of our company," said Geoffrey C. Dawe, chief executive officer and president of GCD. "Each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences to our company, which collectively strengthens GCD's leadership expertise in the areas of research, new ventures and global influences."

O, who serves as the TAB's chair, is a professor at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Florida, specializing in courses on digital, analog and RF/microwave circuits. He brings over 20 years of industry experience, holds four U.S. patents, and has authored approximately 80 publications, as well as a monograph in the areas of silicon bipolar, CMOS and BiCMOS process technologies, device structures, and circuits.

Joining O on GCD's TAB are Jesus A. del Alamo, Robert W. Jackson, Paul Nikolich, Kaveh Pahlavan, and Lamberto Raffaelli. del Alamo, a Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won numerous academic research awards, such as the Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the H.E. Edgerton Junior Faculty Achievement Award, the Louis D. Smullin Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Award, all at MIT. He also is a corresponding member of the Spanish Academy of Engineering, and he spent four years as with the Institute of Solar Energy of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and two years as a research engineer with NTT LSI Laboratories in Japan.

Pahlavan, often referred to as one of the founder fathers of the wireless LAN industry, is a professor of ECE and CS, and director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He's also a visiting professor of telecommunication laboratory and CWC at the University of Oulu in Finland. Pahlavan has founded, chaired and organized various IEEE symposiums, is the editor-in-chief of the first wireless journal, and was elected as a fellow of the IEEE in 1996, a fellow of Nokia in 1999, and a Fulbright-Nokia fellow in 2000. He is the principle author of two of the classical textbooks in wireless networks and has contributed in more than 150 papers in this field.

Jackson has been on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts for 20 years and is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has over 50 publications primarily on modeling of microwave and millimeter wave integrated circuits. He serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology and the International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer Aided Engineering.

Nikolich is currently the chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, and is Chief Strategy Officer with YAS Broadband Ventures in the technology, standards, intellectual property, and venture investing fields. Nikolich co-founded Broadband Access Systems and before that, Sarnoff Digital Communications.

Raffaelli began his career at Elettronica, Rome, before coming to work for Alpha Industries in 1984. In 1995, Raffaelli founded ARCOM, a company focused around millimeter wave wireless products. In 2001, he started LNX Corporation, a company working in wireless and defense technologies. Raffaelli has published more than 50 technical papers. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Ibis Technology Corporation, an industry leader in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.

About Global Communication Devices

Global Communication Devices (GCD), headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts develops and supplies integrated semiconductor devices for wireless networking applications including Wireless Local Area Networks, and wireless broadband access for both fixed and portable users. GCD specializes in radio frequency, mixed signal and data conversion technologies and enables the affordable, versatile network access demanded by a multi-media, multi-protocol, multi-spectral world networking environment. The company was founded in 1996 to provide integrated semiconductor design services and in 1999 began the transition to "fabless" semiconductor manufacturing. GCD has successfully developed over forty-three products to date. For more information, please visit www.gcdchips.com or call 978-685-6100.