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Michael Johas Teener is currently a Technical Director / Plumbing Architect at Broadcom designing advanced networking systems. For most of 2004 and early 2005 he was an independent consulting engineer doing business as PlumbLinks, and before that he was Plumbing Architect at Apple, a title that he also held from 1988 until 1996. Between his two stints at Apple he was Chief Technology Officer of Zayante, Inc., a FireWire technology provider he co-founded in 1996 and was acquired by Apple in 2002. He was the chief architect of Apple Computer’s Firewire technology, and was a major contributor to much of the technology now consolidated under the 1394 standards. He is the chair of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging Task Group, the former chair and editor of the IEEE 1394-1995 standard, the originator and editor of the IEEE 1394b-2002 gigabit/long distance supplement, and the chair and initial editor of the new IEEE 1394c-2006 gigabit/CAT5 supplement.

Mr. Johas Teener has a BS from Caltech, an MS from UCLA, and holds over 25 patents including several that are fundamental to the implementation of 1394 and 1394b. His career began with 8 years of real-time software and computer hardware design for very leading-edge radar and sonar systems, was the primary hardware architect for two early digital PBXs (including the first use of Ethernet in a distributed telephone switching system), made major contributions to FDDI and FDDI-2, and continued on in Silicon Valley at National Semiconductor, Apple Computer, Zayante, and now Broadcom.

You can contact him using his I-Name: =Michael.Johas.Teener, which, unfortunately is not a technology that is catching on ... instead we use OpenID (, or or, God help us all, social networks like LinkedIn or Facebook.

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