Linley Gwennap

Linley Gwennap is the president of The Linley Group and principal analyst, focusing on processors for servers, mobile, and deep learning. He is also publisher and editor-in-chief of Microprocessor Report, a technical newsletter covering the semiconductor industry. He is one of the most respected analysts in the microprocessor industry and has followed the industry for more than 25 years. A prolific writer, Linley has published hundreds of articles in a variety of publications including EE Times, Upside Magazine, Electronic Business, Nikkei Electronics, and the San Jose Mercury News. His work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and German for international publication. He is the coauthor of several book-length reports, including the following.

Linley provides high-level consulting to the industry on subjects such as product positioning, strategic analysis, and competitive assessment. He has assisted companies such as AMD, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Intel, as well as numerous smaller companies and investment firms. He also provides expert services for legal cases and has testified before the US ITC and Korean FTC.

Linley’s expertise, a rare combination of deep technical understanding and business savvy, is frequently sought by the technical and business press. He is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, EE Times, Electronic News, Business Week, the CNet web site, and other leading technology and business publications. He has also appeared on CNNfn, CNBC, Fox News, Tech TV, National Public Radio, and China Radio International. He frequently presents at industry events, including conferences in Barcelona, London, Munich, and Tokyo as well as numerous US events, and he hosts multiple Linley Conferences per year.

He founded The Linley Group in 1999 to provide technology and market analysis to a broad group of clients. Since then, the firm has established itself as the leading vendor of technology analysis of semiconductors for networking, communications, mobile, and wireless. In 2007, he led the acquisition of Microprocessor Report and has since increased its coverage and subscriber base.

Before founding his company, Linley served as publisher and editorial director of Microprocessor Report at MicroDesign Resources, leading the top independent technology-analysis team in the microprocessor industry. Under his leadership, the publication won the Computer Press Award for best industry newsletter four times in six years. He joined MDR in 1992 as its first full-time analyst.

Before joining MDR, Linley spent eight years working on RISC systems at Hewlett-Packard. As a design engineer, he developed test and initialization firmware for HP’s PA-RISC servers, gaining a deep understanding of the operation of large multiprocessor servers. He later worked on PA-RISC processor design.

Linley then served as program manager for HP’s Model 810 and 815 Unix systems, successfully driving those projects to market. He began seriously analyzing the microprocessor industry while serving as product marketing manager for HP’s PA-7x00 family of RISC processors.

He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. While at Yale, Linley also studied at the graduate School of Organization and Management.


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