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Timothy Maloney

tim maloneyTimothy J. Maloney finished his S.B. degree in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1971. Tim told the ESDA he had the good fortune to have done his senior thesis at MIT with two future Nobel Prize winners - Bill Phillips (Nobel 1997) and Carl Wieman (Nobel 2001). “Carl once told the press something I always suspected. That it’s when you do the work that is eventually recognized that you feel the best. I can agree with that. When the breakthrough ESD achievement happens, you just know it will work out well,” said Tim.

Tim went on to an M.S. in physics from Cornell University, and to a Ph.D. and a postdoc in electrical engineering from Cornell. He was in semiconductor device and equipment research at Varian Associates from 1977-84, where he acquired valuable experience with high voltages and high speed devices. Since 1984, he has been with Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA, where he has been concerned with integrated circuit ESD protection, CMOS latch-up testing, signal integrity, and system ESD testing. He is now a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel. His Intel Achievement Award (1994) was for his patented ESD protection devices, which were applied to a wide variety of Intel products. He has thirty-one patents, with several more pending.

Tim Maloney is well known in the ESD/TLP Design community for his technology, testing, and equipment breakthrough “Transmission Line Pulsing Techniques For Circuit Modeling” published in 1985 in the EOS/ESD Symposium Proceedings and at IRPS. It is the first real paper on TLP use, helping to improve IC designs. It may be the most referenced paper in the History of ESD/TLP Design.

Tim received Best Paper Awards for his contributions to the EOS/ESD Symposium in 1986 and 1990, was General Chairman for the 1992 EOS/ESD Symposium, and was awarded the ESD Association’s Outstanding Contributions Award in 1995. He is co-author of a book, “Basic ESD and I/O Design” (Wiley, 1998), and is a Fellow of the IEEE. Tim has been an ESDA Board member since 1999. He has served on several ESDA Standards committees and participates in the new unified ESDA/JEDEC committees, which extend ESDA influence considerably. He also promoted ESDA’s relationship with the IEEE, through the 2007 MOU that authorized posting of Symposium Proceedings on IEEE Xplore. This extends the prestige and influence of the EOS/ESD Symposium, as university students and engineering professionals can study past proceedings and use them in their work.

The Symposium has been, and is, an excellent platform for Tim and his Intel co-authors to organize and publish their ESD-related work. These papers have documented Intel’s major ESD-related design and manufacturing practices and results over the last 25 years.

In his spare time Tim enjoys playing bridge. He remembers an ESDA bridge game that took place during the riverboat cruise wrap-up event in New Orleans after the 1989 Symposium. Tim hopes these spontaneous games return to the Symposium some time, perhaps in 2010. It would be impossible to pay tribute to Tim Maloney without also mentioning how he has volunteered to write and perform songs at Symposium events; this is the lighter side of Tim Maloney that ESDA members are so fond of.