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Martin Schmatz
Manager Systems Department @ ZRL, Member IBM AoT
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland
MRTatzurich.ibm.com      +41dash44dash724dash83dash10


Martin L. Schmatz was born on May 8th 1967 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree in 1998, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, for his work on low-power wireless receiver designs and on noise-parameter measurement systems. He received the ETH medal for his diploma work and the ETH-SEU award for outstanding research activities in 1995. He completed a MBA at the Henley Management College in the UK in 2009.

In 1999, after a short stay at the Center for Microelectronics at FH Aargau, he joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (ZRL), where he built up a new research group from scratch, focusing on high-speed and high-density CMOS serial-link systems. Between 2001 and 2008, he managed this newly established I/O Link Technology. Dr. Schmatz contributed to the HSS ASIC (High-Speed-Serial I/O Links Application Specific Integrated Circuits) development program from its first day on, and was able to create great impact in this area. HSS is currently the largest development effort in the IBM ASIC organization, leading to IBM's clear market leader position in the area of wired-comm ASICs, which is a multi-B$/Y market. He was also instrumental in the definition of the receiver architecture for the high-speed bus in the X-Box program, was driving factor behind the establishment of multi-GHz CMOS analog modeling and the analog enablement of the CTE design tool environment. He currently also manages a contractor based development team for high-end P & Z server link receiver designs.

By mid of 2008, Martin took over management responsibilities for the Systems Department at the IBM Zrich Research Laboratory, which is one of the five technical departments at ZRL. A sizable number of teams is pursuing focused research on a wide range of server systems building-blocks in that organization, from on-processor accelerators, server system networks & software to ultra high-speed/lowest-power, data center energy management and wireless sensor networks.

Dr. Schmatz has 50+ published external papers at premier conferences, refereed journals in the field and holds more than 30 patents. He gives presentations on various technical topics as well as related to strategic planning to large audiences on a regular basis and teaches a lecture series at University of Zurich. He received an IBM Corporate Award, several Outstanding Innovation and Research Division awards and currently holds a fourteenth patent plateau for his filed inventions.

Related to his professional activities, he is also a member of the prestigious IBM Academy of Technology since 2007, a member of the regional IBM TEC (Technical Expert Counsel) since 2006 and IEEE Senior Member since 2011. He spent three month as visiting scientist in the staff of the IBM Research Division’s headquarter at the Watson Research Lab (Yorktown Heights/NY, USA) reporting to the Research SVP. Dr. Schmatz actively contributed to OIF and JEDEC international industry standards and several IBM Academy studies dealing with strategic planning in various fields. He was responsible for one of the six chapters in the 2010 IBM Global Technology Outlook.