Dobberpuhl, president and CEO of start-up company P.A. Semi Inc. in Palo Alto, CA, was recognized for the design and engineering of a new generation of high-speed and low-power microprocessors. While at Digital Equipment Corp., Dobberpuhl started the Palo Alto Design Center, where he led the development of the StrongARM. In 1998, Dobberpuhl left Digital and cofounded SiByte Inc., where he served as president and CEO. There he led the development of the SB1250 chip, a high performance, coherent 64b multiprocessor CPU with high speed I/O, integrated multilevel caches, and 128b high performance DDR memory controller. SiByte was acquired by Broadcom Corp. in December 2000.