Founder and principal analyst of The Linley Group, Linley Gwennap is one of the most respected analysts in the microprocessor industry. He has followed the industry for more than 15 years. A prolific writer, Linley has published hundreds of articles in a variety of publications including EE Times, Upside Magazine, Electronic Business, Nikkei Electronics, and the San Jose Mercury News. His work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and German for international publication. He is the coauthor of several book-length reports, including the following.
Linley provides high-level consulting to the industry on subjects such as product positioning, strategic analysis, and competitive assessment. He has assisted companies such as Freescale, Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Intel, as well as numerous smaller companies and investment firms.
Linley’s expertise, a rare combination of deep technical understanding and business savvy, is frequently sought by the technical and business press. He is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, EE Times, Electronic News, Business Week, the CNet web site, and other leading technology and business publications. He has also appeared on CNNfn, CNBC, Fox News, Tech TV, National Public Radio, and China Radio International.
He founded The Linley Group in 1999 to provide technology and market analysis to a broad group of clients. Since then, the firm has established itself as the leading vendor of technology analysis of semiconductors for networking, communications, mobile, and wireless.
Before founding his company, Linley served as publisher and editorial director of MicroDesign Resources’ Microprocessor Report, leading the top independent technology-analysis team in the microprocessor industry. Under his leadership, the publication won the Computer Press Award for best industry newsletter four times in six years. He joined MDR in 1992 as its first full-time analyst.
Before joining MDR, Linley spent eight years working on RISC systems at Hewlett-Packard. As a design engineer, he developed test and initialization firmware for HP’s PA-RISC servers, gaining a deep understanding of the operation of large multiprocessor servers. He later worked on PA-RISC processor design.
Linley then served as program manager for HP’s Model 810 and 815 Unix systems, successfully driving those projects to market. He began seriously analyzing the microprocessor industry while serving as product marketing manager for HP’s PA-7x00 family of RISC processors.
He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. While at Yale, Linley also studied at the graduate School of Organization and Management.