Engraved deep in numerous crevices of our modern lives are semiconductors that make the modern digital era possible. Texas Instruments (TI) is one of the major companies that led the semiconductor industry in the 20th century to the booming success it is today, and it is also one of the few semiconductor companies that boast a long and rich history. In this summer issue of the EE Newsletter, we interviewed Dr. Jeong-Ho Woo who currently works at the TI Dallas Campus. We took the time to get to know the research environment and life as a research engineer at TI.
Q. Please introduce yourself.
A. Hello. My name is Jeong-Ho Woo and I graduated KAIST with the class of ’98. Ever since I was little I wanted to be a scientist and chasing that dream had led me to Daegu Science High School and on to KAIST. I received my Ph.D in 2008 and am currently continuing to do research at TI.
Q. What kind of company TI?
A. Most people think of the scientific calculators when they hear TI. It was actually the first company to develop the digital signal processor (DSP) and built the first scientific calculator based on that technology. Not only do we develop digital components, but we also develop a variety of analog components; in fact, we acquired National Semiconductor 2 years ago, making us the biggest company to deal with analog components in the business. We are also the oldest semiconductor company in the world.