About Us

Ernie BergstromErnie Bergstrom, Contributing Editor

Ernie Bergstrom is an independent consultant and the Principal Analyst of Crystal Cube Consulting, focused on the service provider telecommunications arena. With over 25 years of experience, he has written many market research reports and has spoken at many industry events. He has been a Senior Research Analyst for In-Stat/MDR and an enterprise account manager for Verizon (formerly GTE). He holds a B.A. in Business from Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA).




Chuck ByersChuck Byers, Contributing Editor

Charles C. Byers is a Technical Leader and Platform Architect with Cisco's Digital Media System's Business Unit. He works on the architecture and implementation of high definition video and signal processing equipment for telepresence, multimedia, and digital signage applications.
Before joining Cisco Systems, he was a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. During his 22 years in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas like voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, and platforms. He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as a founding member of PICMG's AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees, and in the SCOPE Alliance.
Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds 42 US patents. You may contact him at: chuck@atcanewsletter.com


Tom CoxTom Cox, Contributing Editor

Tom Cox is the Executive Director for the RapidIO Trade Association, where he is responsible for the future direction of the association, working with groups within the association to lead RapidIO technology development and market penetration. With nearly 30 years of experience in engineering, marketing and strategy, focusing on interconnects and standards, his expertise and industry relationships will prove invaluable as RapidIO technology continues to penetrate the telecommunications, and embedded markets.
Mr. Cox earned a reputation in the industry as an interconnect expert, both from a technical and market perspective based on his knowledge of systems, applications, and chips, as well as his vast experience in both industry associations and market-leading corporations. With Tundra Semiconductor as director of strategy where he worked to ensure the company's strategic vision was achieved through interaction with partners and strategic customers, participation in SIGs and trade associations, and through market research. He has served on numerous other industry workgroups including PICMG, VITA VME, and NPF workgroups, and worked for Industry leaders like IBM, ATI, and LSI Logic; bringing vital insight and strong relationships to the RapidIO Trade Association. You may contact him at: Tom@atcanewsletter.com

Sven FreudenfeldSven Freudenfeld, Contributing Editor

Sven Freudenfeld is responsible for North American Business Development Telecom at Kontron AG  for the AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA and AdvancedMC modular solutions product line. Sven possess more than 15 years experience with voice, data, and wireless communications, having worked extensively with Nortel Networks in Systems Engineering, Sanmina-SCI in Test Engineering, and Deutsche Telekom in Network engineering.
He is also Chair of the CP-TA marketing work group focusing on Interoperability of COTS standard building blocks. Sven holds an electrical engineering degree from Germany.



Eric HeikkilaEric Heikkila, Contributing Editor

Eric Heikkila is a Lead Analyst in and Director of the Embedded Hardware & Systems practice at Venture Development Corporation (VDC), where he provides program management for multi-client studies on embedded hardware markets. He also supports proprietary research programs in the embedded hardware systems space, including market opportunity assessments, strategic partnership planning, end user analyses, due diligence, pricing programs, and emerging technology opportunity assessments.
In the past Eric has authored VDC market analysis on merchant computer boards for embedded/real-time applications, embedded integrated computer systems, ATCA and MicroTCA, embedded COTS systems in military, aerospace, and defense applications, and multi-core processing in embedded applications.
Eric holds a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Bucknell University.


Lars larssonLars Johan Larsson, European Correspondent

Lars Johan Larsson is the proprietor of Modt AB, a European strategic marketing firm. He has 25 years of experience in the embedded computing market, working on hardware and software design, sales, and marketing. He was previously European Business Manager for Motorola Computer Group. He has been an independent market research and strategic consultant for the last 10 years, focusing on the European board market. His current project is an investigation of the future for open systems in telecom server applications, emphasizing AdvancedTCA and AdvancedMC. Mr. Larsson holds a Swedish degree in Electronic Engineering. You can reach him at lars@atcanewsletter.com


Lance Leventhal, Technical Editor

Dr. Lance A. Leventhal has been an independent consultant in the computer industry for over 25 years. He serves as Technology Editor for the Network Systems Design (NSD) Newsletter and Technical Editor for BladeLetter, the newsletter of the Blade Systems Alliance. He is the author of 25 books (that have sold over 1,000,000 copies) and 80 technical articles. He has founded many conferences, including the ILM Summits, Network Systems Design Conference (formerly Network Processors Conference), Server Blade Summit, Gigabit Ethernet Conference, Storage Area Networks Conference, and Embedded Internet Conference. He currently serves as Program Chairperson for the ILM Summits and Server Blade Summit and Program Consultant for the Network Systems Design Conference. He is also a Series Editor in Programming and Software Development for Prentice-Hall. He has taught electrical engineering and computer science classes for National University, San Diego State University, Grossmont College, Southwestern College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Florida Institute of Technology, National Computer Security Center, IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and Evolving Technology Company. He holds a BA in physics from Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics and Information Science from University of California at San Diego.

Ed SayreEdward P. Sayre, Contributing Editor

Dr. Edward P. Sayre is President of North East Systems Associates, a 30-year-old company specializing in high-performance engineering and design. NESA is the leading independent designer of gigabit backplanes and cable equalizers and offers engineering consultation in connector usage and characterization. Recent clients include Pirus Networks (now a subsidiary of Sun), Hamilton-Sundstrand, Nexabit Networks (acquired by Lucent Technologies), Brooktrout Technology, Excel Communications, Dupont Electronics, and ITT Cannon. Dr. Sayre has presented many papers on high-performance design at a wide variety of conferences, including DesignCon. He holds a BSEE from Manhattan College, an MSEE from New York University, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. His specialties are computational electromagnetic field theory and PCB transmssion line signals and systems. You may contact Ed at ed@atcanewsletter.com