Tessera adds DARPA former director to board

August 15, 2011 – BUSINESS WIRE — Tessera Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRA) appointed Anthony J. Tether, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Tether is CEO of The Sequoia Group (TSG), which provides program management and strategy development consulting.

Tether is a former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Department of Defense’s principal agency for R&D and demonstration of advanced new technologies. Tether was DARPA’s Director from 2001 to 2009, managing development of more than $20 billion of projects in new semiconductor devices and computer architectures, as well as system-level technologies. He had almost 10 years experience within the DoD in the 1970s and 80s.

Tether has served on US Army, Navy and Defense Science boards, and on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Research and Development Committee. He has been honored with three medals from the U.S. Central Intelligence and Defense departments, and is a distinguished fellow with the Council on Competitiveness in Washington D.C.

Tether, who founded TSG, also served in executive roles at Dynamics Technology Inc. (CEO); Science Applications International Corporation’s Advanced Technology Sector (VP and GM); and Ford Aerospace Corp.’s Technology and Advanced Development division (VP).

Tether sits on the board of directors and has seats on the technical advisory boards of several private companies.

Robert A. Young, CEO and president, Tessera Technologies Inc., praises Tether’s "more than 40 years of industrial and government experience" and "expansive contact network."

Tether holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

Tessera Technologies Inc. develops innovative miniaturization technologies and products for wireless and computing products. For information, go to www.tessera.com

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