Earl McCune (CTO) received his BS/EECS degree from UC Berkeley, his MSEE (Radioscience) from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 1979, 1983, and 1998 respectively.  He is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founding two successful start-up companies since 1986: Digital RF Solutions (1986-1991, merged with Proxim) and Tropian (1996–2006, acquired by Panasonic).  He is now retired from his position as a Technology Fellow of Panasonic, and is an author, instructor, and independent consultant.  He is currently an instructor for Besser Associates for both Practical Digital Wireless Signals and Frequency Synthesis Principles. He is a named inventor on 86 issued US patents, and is the author of Practical Digital Wireless Signals (Cambridge University Press 2010).

In his nearly 40 years of experience in the wireless communications industry he has worked in areas including technology development, circuit design, along with systems architecture and integration.  This experience has been gained sequentially at NASA, Hewlett Packard, Watkins-Johnson, Cushman Electronics, Digital RF Solutions, Proxim, Tropian, and Panasonic.  The start-up Digital RF Solutions pioneered modulated direct digital synthesis (DDS) technology for very high dynamic range precision transmitters. Tropian developed and implemented envelope tracking and polar modulation techniques for extremely efficient, multiband and multi-mode transmitters.

Dr. McCune has been an invited speaker at many international conferences including RWS, PA Symposium, WAMICON, ISCAS, WCNC, and ISSCC.  He has served on the CICC technical program committee (TPC) since 2000, and also served on the TPC for RWS and the PA Symposium.  He is a regular reviewer for IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, and the Transactions on Circuits and Systems.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is a member of the MTT, Communications, Solid State Circuits, Vehicular Technology, Aerospace Engineering, and Circuits and Systems Societies.