Gary L. Embler

Address:           479 Beresford Avenue, Redwood City, California 94061 USA
Office Phone:   650-568-9333
Mobile Phone:  650-906-9800
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Chip, Board, and System Design Engineering with extensive experience creating new products and enhancing existing products. Technical abilities include:


Creation of New Technologies: Designed panoramic camera systems which scaled-up to worldwide deployment, enabling the company to capture the lead in ground-level imagery for maps. Designed and developed innovative, new high-performance digital camera chip and system technologies, which allowed the company to claim the lead in internet-enabled, easy-to-use digital cameras. Designed and developed new portable computers, which enabled companies to claim the lead in portable computer technology. Designed and developed embedded control and data acquisition systems for a new medical instrument, which helped the company go public, and raise $21,000,000, after two years of operations.

Enhancement of Systems: Established a camera test lab and worked with OEMs to develop embedded cameras for smart phones, providing the first truly good image quality for the company's smart phone cameras. Conceived and implemented innovations in laser printer controllers, optical scanner controllers, and video digitizers. These efforts improved the company's profits through reduced development and materials costs, and increased the company's market share through the appeal of the products' unique advantages.

Design Checking: Verified laser printer ASIC designs. This process insured the correct operation of the ASICs and eliminated the need for costly re-spins, thereby saving the company both time and money.

Establishment of Efficiencies: Planned and organized engineering departments' facilities and procedures. The new resources and methods allowed the companies to efficiently develop products, while minimizing personnel and equipment costs.


As Hardware Engineer with , Mountain View, California, designed, developed, and deployed custom panoramic to acquire imagery worldwide for . Designed FPGA Verilog code, board circuitry and layouts, cable assemblies, automotive and battery power subsystems, embedded C firmware, system C++ software, shell scripts, and system architectures. Developed camera test capabilities and performed image quality tests and optimizations. Integrated GPS and IMU units into cameras for self-contained camera pose detection. Managed production with multiple contract manufacturers. Managed engineering testing, field testing, and initial deployment. Awarded multiple bonuses for performance. 2007 to present.

As Imaging Engineer of (now ), Sunnyvale, California, designed and developed new cameras and camera test capabilities for Palm® Treo™ and Centro™ smart phones. 2005 to 2007.

As Senior Electronics Designer of , Redwood City, California, designed camera, game, and test cartridges for the educational toy. Developed camera control firmware for the Sentinal Vision networked security camera. Designed the electronics for the Virgin Electronics BoomTube and BoomTube EX portable powered speakers. Designed the electronics for a Nitinol-actuated miniature remoted-controlled model airplane. Designed precision optical motion sensing technologies for Agilent Technologies. 2002 to 2005.

As Senior Hardware Designer with (now ), Santa Clara, California, designed and developed new digital camera technologies. Continued development of the -based RCA CDS6350 digital still camera, acquired from (see below). Developed new, miniature, embedded digital camera technologies for mobile phone applications. Developed optical mouse sensor technologies for a mobile phone embedded optical finger mouse. 2000 to 2002.

As Senior Electrical Engineer with PhotoAccess (now ), Mountain View, California, designed and developed new digital still camera technologies. Designed, simulated, FPGA-emulated, and synthesized cores for the , a high-performance camera coprocessor ASIC. Designed and validated portions of the RCA CDS6350 digital still camera (internet-enabled version of the camera), which uses the PhotoChip. 1998 to 2000.

As Senior Electronics Consultant of , Palo Alto, California, designed and developed digital camera and video digitizer technologies. Conducted a technology investigation of fingerprint sensing technologies for client product development recommendation. Developed embedded web server technologies. 1997 to 1998.

As Senior Electrical Engineer with Motorola Computer Group (now ), Menlo Park, California, designed and developed the processor, memory, PCI interface, and clock subsections of the , a PowerPC®-based, Macintosh-compatible portable notebook computer. Designed architecture and circuits, specified components, managed PCB design and assembly, and brought-up working hardware. 1997.

As Senior Electrical Engineer with , Cupertino, California, designed and developed the digitizer interface, back light power supply, and PC card interface of an experimental, pen-based, . Planned and created power control circuitry and bus interface circuitry for the . Developed the board for this same PowerBook, and performed technology investigations for next-generation PowerPC-based PowerBooks. Designed the embedded-control/user-interface system, pixel-clock recovery circuit, and audio subsystem for an LCD video projector, marketed by as the . Conducted design verification of a compression/decompression ASIC for a new . Performed emulation of a system-control and image-processing ASIC for the . 1993 to 1997.

As Senior Electronics Engineer with , Union City, California, had primary responsibility for designing and developing the electronics of the company's first product: The — a portable, multifunction, blood chemistry analyzer. Completed the first design, and developed a functional instrument breadboard. Designed and developed the embedded control portion of the instrument prototype. Planned and built the embedded control system and the peripheral interface of the instrument pre-production pilot unit, which helped the company successfully go public. Awarded multiple bonuses for meeting project milestones. 1989 to 1992.

As Electronics Consultant, Palo Alto, California, designed and developed computer peripherals for interfacing PCs to video equipment, laser printers, and scanners. Researched and wrote technical articles and reports for , a respected engineering publication. 1989.

As Chief Engineer of Tall Tree Systems, Palo Alto, California, had primary responsibility for designing and developing over 20 PC expansion and peripheral products. Directed and supervised the daily activities of the engineering department. Led the company's growth from a small startup company to a company with over 30 employees and $6,000,000 per year in sales. Promoted and awarded multiple bonuses. 1983 to 1989.

As Engineer-Owner of Touchstone Designs, High Point, North Carolina, developed and maintained commercial and industrial equipment for clients. Designed a control system for a garment label machine, and a flat-panel desktop loudspeaker for computer sound. 1981 to 1983.

As Technical Writing Specialist with Western Electric Company (now ), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, developed printed and on-line documentation for telephone central office switching systems. Conducted document verification tests in operating telephone offices. Completed documentation at double the rate expected. Promoted. 1978 to 1981.


, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1978. Primary field of study in major: Computer Technology. Graduated with honors. Overall GPA: 3.75. GPA in major: 3.85.

, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, North Carolina, 1976. Overall GPA: 3.86. GPA in major: 4.00.

Continuing Education: Camera image processing and measurement, Python; C and Verilog; Eclipse and Git; chip design, simulation, synthesis, and test; microprocessors; component specification and reliability; telecommunications; business and management; and personal development.

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