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Jim Kardach

Jim Kardach

Jim Kardach

, Formerly at Intel

Jim is now retired and was previously the director of product integration at the startup FINsix from 2014-2017; which developed very small power supplies based on high frequency power conversion. 

Jim retired from Intel at the end of 2012 as a Senior Principal Engineer and Chief Power Architect. Jim worked at Intel for 26 years, with 24 years focused on notebook platform architecture and low power technologies. Jim has over 100 issued patents and has lead development of many industry specifications including ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), and a low power radio technology. Jim is a senior member of IEEE, and was a runner up in the Discover Magazine Award for Technology Innovation in 1999, has received five Intel Achievement Awards and a gold Intel Environmental award. Jim also does volunteer work with the MESA (Math Engineering Science and Achievement) program for underprivileged students to encourage STEM education for which Jim was awarded the 2012 Santa Clara Site Intel Involved Hero Award and works with the MESA program as part of an Encore Fellowship program.

Jim is most famous for his work with the Bluetooth SIG and in particular naming the SIG after the 10th century Danish King Harald Bluetooth (2nd King of Denmark). Jim was also instrumental in forming the Bluetooth SIG, running the Bluetooth SIG and eventually incorporating the Bluetooth SIG. Jim was the first inductee into the Bluetooth Hall of fame (2006) for his work with the Bluetooth SIG.

Jim has a BS in Electrical Engineering from California State University Fresno (’84) and was recently awarded their “Top Dog” Alumni award for lifetime achievement (Go Dogs!) and was recently featured in the CSU Working in California series for CSU’s 50th anniversary.