30 Apr '12, 7am

Mike Hackworth

The world lost a very fine man when Mike Hackworth, formerly CEO of Cirrus Logic , died recently. He was an old-school Silicon Valley CEO who put the success of the company before his own enrichment, looked after his employees, laid down a vision for the company, set out a strategy to execute the vision and had great success. Personally he was modest, thoughtful, approachable, a listener, a persuader and a motivator without apparent ego. He was focused simply on making things happen. His people had a great affection for him. Hackworth's vision was that the standardisation of the PC around x86 gave a tremendous opportunity for ICs around the x86. He steered Cirrus Logic through the PC Graphics market to the point where almost every PC had a Cirrus Logic graphics chip. Less well known was the fact that most of the disk drives also had Cirrus Logic controller chips inside the...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/30/04/2012/5355...

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