Henry T. Nicholas, III

Henry T. Nicholas, III
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IEEE Frederik Philips Award


The creativity, vision, and technical expertise of Henry T. Nicholas, III drove one of the most successful producers of communications semiconductor technology to bring broadband connectivity to the masses. Working out of out a spare room in his apartment with a $5,000 investment, Dr. Nicholas cofounded Broadcom Corporation with Dr. Henry Samueli in 1991. Under Dr. Nicholas’s direction, Broadcom pioneered the broadband communications semiconductor industry by being the first to introduce semiconductor solutions for broadband access over cable TV networks. He created and drove an environment that thrived on and rewarded invention, resulting in products such as Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11g WiFi, and digital cable modems. Broadcom continues as a leader of products that seamlessly provide multimedia connectivity in home, office, and mobile environments.

An IEEE Member, Dr. Nicholas retired from Broadcom in 2002. He currently resides in Newport, CA, USA. Nicholas was the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Frederik Philips Award.