A famous entrepreneur, an originator and a venture capitalist, Vinod Dahm is indeed one of the famous Indians to leave an indelible impression on the global map. His works in chip designing and several other semiconductor fields has created a revolution in information technology. His incredible contribution in making and developing Pentium Processor of Intel created frenzy in the global technological and earned him the tag of ‘Father of Pentium Processor’. Being a mentor, advisor and investor, he has worked in many firms and has always tried to bring in something different and innovative through his projects. Some of the companies he has worked for are NexGen, Silicon Spice, NCR and Indo US Venture Partners. Presently working as the lead of Indo US Venture, he has helped to upgrade many Indian companies too. As recognition for his works and achievements, he was honored and awarded by several organizations.
Vinod Dahm was born in 1950 in Pune, India. His father, a civilian working under army, was originally from Rawalpindi but moved to India during the partition. Vinod Dahm completed his early education from Pune and then pursued his graduation in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in the year 1971. After completing his engineering, he worked for a brief period in a Delhi based semiconductor company. Later in 1975, at the age of twenty-five, he went to US and obtained his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
After completing his masters, Vinod Dahm joined National Cash Register (NCR) at Dayton, Ohio in 1977. During his presentation at IEEE conference in Monterrey, California, he received an offer to join Intel. He accepted the offer and joined the leading semiconductor company of the world, Intel. In 1990, Vinod was made the in-charge of Pentium processor project. He put his soul and heart into this project and made it the biggest hit in the global market. With the success of Pentium Processor, he was hailed as the ‘Father of Pentium Chip’. His knowledge and impressive entrepreneur skills made him the Vice President of Intel’s Microprocessor Products Group. However, he left Intel in 1995 and joined NexGen. Being the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of NexGen, he brought about a revolutionary change in the company. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) later acquired this firm where he developed popular K6 processor, the fastest computer processor in the world. After quitting AMD, he went to lead his new startup company Silicon Space in 1998. However, he sold the company to Broadcom in 2000. Currently he manages the firm called Indo US Venture Partners founded by him. During his travel to India in 2001, he was pleased by the strategic technological growth of India and decided to help the companies in the country with his hardware and chip designing technologies. Today, with the hard work of Vinod Dham and his fellow partners, Indo US Venture Partners is helping many companies with their innovative chip designs. Over last few years, the Indo US Venture Partners has created waves in various sectors including software, education, finance, healthcare etc.
Awards and Recognition
Vinod Dham as received various awards and recognition for his extraordinary work in semi conductor field. Considering the profound work of Vinod Dham in semiconductor field, he was named as one of the top 25 executives in Computer industries of US in the year 1993. In 2000, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In January 2001, the noted magazine of India the ‘India Today’ listed Vinod Dham as one among the ‘Global Indian Achievers’. In 2007, Dahm was profiled at the Parvasi Bhartiya Diwas, organized by organized by Indian Overseas Affairs of Indian government. This is considered as one the highest recognition for global Indians. Vinod Dahm was honored with NRI Achievement Award at the NRI Global Summit held in 2009. Dham was also profiled among the notable Indian American achievers by Asian American Program.
1950: Vinod Dahm was born in Pune, India.
1971: He completed his Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.
1975: Obtained his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
1979: He Joined Intel.
1995: He left Intel and joined a company called NexGen.
1998: He went on to a lead a new company called Silicon Spice.
2006: Co-founded Indo-US Ventures.