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Résumé of Karl M. Guttag

Karl Guttag the Founder and President of Kagutech LTD

Contact Information

Karl M. Guttag

6425 Rockbluff Circle

Plano,  TX   75024

Phone:  972-896-0482

Email:   karl@kagutech.com


BSEE from Bradley University in 1976

MSEE from The University of Michigan 1977

Experience and Expertise

Karl Guttag has over 25 years of experience in integrated circuit architecture related to Digital Signal Processing (DSP), graphics and image processors, and memory architecture.  For the last 6 years he has been working on integrated circuit backplanes for LCD on Silicon (LCOS) displays. Over the last 25 years he has identified new market opportunities and integrated circuit architectures to serve those markets.  His expertise includes new market identification, micro display substrate architecture, digital logic design and architecture, microprocessors and digital signal processors, and memory architecture. 

He is named inventor on 130 issued U.S. Patents including key patents related Signal Processing (DSP), and Graphics Processors, Graphics interface circuits, Synchronous DRAMs, and Video Rams.  Billions of dollars of yearly revenue have been attributed to products using these inventions. 

Work Background

Karl Guttag started Kagutech LTD in 2001.  Kagutech provides expertise in architectures and designs for Microdisplay Backplanes.  Kagutech can also assist companies in new market identification and analysis and strategic marketing.   Karl Guttag has provided consulting services on the technical aspects of intellectual property.   Currently, Kagutech is in the process of designing and licensing an entirely digital Microdisplay Backplane that Mr. Guttag has invented.   Kagutech can customize the Microdisplay Backplane to a customer’s resolution and frame rate requirements.

Karl Guttag was the Head of Technology of Silicon Display, Inc from 1998 until 2001.  During that time he was responsible for the architecture of an LCOS display device and the FPGA that interfaced to the display device.  Since leaving SDI, he has invented advancements in the silicon backplane for controlling a wide range of LCD materials and may be applicable to other micro-displays.  

Prior to joining SDI, he had twenty years of experience at Texas Instruments.  Joining TI in 1977, he has been involved in microprocessor architecture, programmable Digital Signal Processing (DSP) architecture, DRAM memory architecture, graphics processing architecture, graphics hardware interfaces, and core algorithm development.  Most of the 20 years at TI was involved with the integrated circuits related to storing and manipulating graphics, imaging, and video data.  

While at TI, he was the technical leader on a number of imaging and graphics related programs.  He was the chief architect of the TMS320C8x family (1990-1996) of image processors and the TMS340 family (1984-1989) of programmable graphics processors.  These imaging/graphics processors contained features that were later used by Intel's  MMX (multimedia instruction extensions), SUN and HP.. 

The need for better memory interfaces for graphics architectures, led him to architect DRAM devices and initiate the  now industry standard Synchronous DRAM (1989-1991) and the Video Ram (DRAM with random and serial data ports). 

He headed the definition of the world's first commercial Video RAM (1984) and is named on several key Video RAM patents (1984-1987) on both the original Video RAM and subsequent improvements.   He was awarded the "Technical Achievement" award by the NCGA in 1988 for his work on the Video RAM.   This architecture reached billions of dollars in world wide revenue before being largely replaced by the Synchronous DRAM which Karl Guttag initiated at TI.

He drove the definition of highly integrated Video Interface Palettes at TI (1987-1989).  This development led to a significant product line in the Mixed Signal Product group within TI.   Earlier, Karl Guttag’s work on graphics architectures in 1984 resulted in meetings with newly found Brooktree Inc. which led to their business in color palettes.

He headed the logic and architecture design of the TMS 9995  (1979) and TMS 99000 (1980-1981) 16-bit microprocessors.  Both architectures went to production with only slight modifications to first silicon.  His work on these architectures at a time when TI had had a series of problems building previous processors plus his work on the VRAM, led to him being selected as the youngest Senior Member of Technical Staff (SMTS) at TI in 1982.

In 1977 and 1978, he was one of the 6 original engineers on the TMS9918 "Sprite Chip" family  (1977-1979) that was used in Colecovision, the Japanese MSX home computer, and TI's 99/4 home computer.  This sprite architecture was later cloned and used by Nintendo in their game systems.  He directly worked on the Sprite architecture, DRAM interface definition, and logic verification of the TMS 9918 family (which included the 9918, 9918A, 9928, 9118, and 9128).


He was the youngest person elected to TI Fellow at Texas Instruments, receiving this honor after less than 11 years after joining TI.

Karl Guttag has been an invited speaker and has published numerous papers at many graphics, imaging, and integrated circuit conferences.   He has been regularly quoted in most of the major electronics and graphics magazines.

Patents (see Patent Issued to Karl Guttag)

To date, 135 U.S. patents (listed on the following pages) have been issued with Karl Guttag as an inventor.  A number of the patents have been considered key patents in Texas Instruments’ patent portfolio and have resulted in significant licensing revenue to TI.  Most of these patents relate to digital signal processor architecture, graphics and imaging architectures, new DRAM architectures, and video interfaces. 


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