Dr. Sehat Sutardja is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the modern semiconductor age. His breakthrough designs and guiding vision have revolutionized numerous industry segments, from data storage to the high performance, low power chips now driving the growing global markets for mobile computing and telephony. His lifetime passion for electronics began early; he became a certified radio repair technician at age 13 and has been designing components and systems ever since. For his relentless innovation, he has been awarded more than 150 patents and has been named a Fellow of IEEE. In 2006, Dr. Sutardja was recognized as the Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association.
As co-founder of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Dr. Sutardja has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of its Board of Directors since its inception and as Chairman of the Board since 2003. In addition, he serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a Director of Marvell’s U.S. operating subsidiary, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. While remaining deeply involved in the daily challenges of running a global growth company, Dr. Sutardja participates heavily in Marvell’s engineering and marketing efforts across analog, video processor, and microprocessor design while offering input across all of the company’s other product lines.
Dr. Sutardja has become an internationally-recognized proponent of new energy efficiency standards for consumer electronics. To that end, he has been working with the governments in both the US and China to establish efficiency performance standards that could produce significant cost and carbon savings.
Dr. Sutardja holds Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.
In 2007, Forbes magazine listed his net worth to be US$1 billion List of billionaires (2007) 101-946, making him reach the exclusive billionaires club for the first time.
He is married to Weili Dai, and is the brother of Pantas Sutardja, fellow co-founders of Marvell.
In March 2009, a hall in UC Berkeley was named Sutardja Dai Hall after the Marvell founders, who donated more than 20 million USD to the university’s nano-fabrication laboratory.
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