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Diosdado P. Banatao (born May 23, 1946), is a Filipino entrepreneur and engineer working in the high-tech industry.

He was born in a small barrio of Malabbac in the town of Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines.[2] A three-time start-up veteran, he co-founded Mostron, Chips and Technologies, and S3 Graphics.[3] Banatao was born in May 23, 1946 Malabbac, Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines. His father, Salvador Banatao, was a farmer and later worked as an overseas Filipino worker in Guam when he was still nine years-old. His mother, Rosita Banatao, was a simple housekeeper.[2] Banatao was known for his rags to riches story. During his childhood, he walks barefooted to a dirt road just to reach Malabbac Elementary School everyday. He then pursued his secondary education in a Jesuit run school, Ateneo de Tuguegarao. After finishing high school, he took Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering in Mapa Institute of Technology and graduated cum laude.[4][5] After college, he turned down a lot of job offers including an offer from Meralco after knowing the starting salary; He later pursued and applied in Philippine Airlines as a trainee pilot. However, he was pirated by Boeing and worked as design engineer for the company's new commercial airliner and cargo transport aircraft, Boeing 747, in the United States. With the opportunity of staying in the United States, he then took his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Stanford University and finished in 1972 in order to enhance his craft.[2][6] After finishing his master's degree, Banatao worked with different technology companies such as the National Semiconductor, Intersil, and Commodore International where he designed the first single chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator.[2] In 1981, he discovered and invented the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip while working in

SEEQ Technology. He was also credited for the first system logic chip set for IBM's PC-XT and the PC-AT; the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers.[7] Career Business In 1984, Banatao and his business partner Francis Siu, founded a high-technology company, Mostron, starting with a capital of half a million US dollars. Mostron was launched as a manufacturer of motherboards. They also have hired Ron Yara of Intel as the companies executive. After he developed a five-chip set, he cofounded Chips and Technologies in 1985. The company developed system logic chip set for IBM's PC-XT and the PC-AT. In just for 4 months after the company was selling chip sets, the company earned a $12 million profit. In 22 months, the company went into public. In 1989, Banatao launched his third start-up company, S3 Graphics, with Yara in Santa Clara, California. S3 focused on enhancing the graphic capabilities in personal computers by using a graphic accelerator chip. The key to this was, Banatao's invention of a local bus. The company had an initial public offering of $30 million. In 1996, the company became the leader of the graphic-chips market, beating a strong competitor, Cirrus Logic, Inc.. In the same year, Chips & Technologies was sold to Intel for about $300 million.[8] In 2000, he decided to start-up his own venture capital firm named Tallwood Venture Capital with a capital of US$300 million, all of which came from his own pocket. In 2010, Banatao became Ikanos Communications' CEO after Michael Gulett resigned as the company's CEO and President.[9] Philanthropy Banatao and his family has been into civic works. In the Philippines, Banatao through his Dado Banatao Educational Foundation, awards every year five educational scholarships to intelligent Filipino students who have bright futures in the field of engineering and technology.[10] Also, with Philippine Development Foundation which he chairs, are giving brilliant young Filipino minds to school, towards maximixing their potentials for the future of the Philippines.[11] Banatao also through his Banatao Filipino American Fund assists Northern California high school students of Filipino heritage who are pursuing a college education in engineering. He also built a computer center at his grade school in his childhood town of Iguig in Cagayan Valley, making it the only public school with the most modern computer network in the Philippines.[2]

Awards and Recognition Awards received by Diosdado Banatao Year Awarded by Award Category Result Source Asian Business League of [8] 1993 Asian Leadership Award Won San Francisco Philippine President Fidel [8] Pamana Ng Filipino Award Won V. Ramos Ernst & Young, Inc. 1997 Magazine, and Merrill Master Entrepreneur of the Year [4] Won Lynch Business Financial Award Services Search to Involve Pilipino Kalampusan Corporate [12] 2011 Won Americans (SIPA) Award Achievement Recognitions received by Diosdado Banatao Year Organization Recognition Source 1993 National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Ellis Island Medal of [8] Inc. (NECO) Honor 1994 2002 Rank 49 out of 100 2003 Rank 68 out of 100 [13] 2004 The Forbes Midas List Rank 58 out of 100 2005 Rank 42 out of 100 [14] 2006 Rank 91 out of 100 Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute Doctor of Technology [15] 2009 of Technology (honoris causa) References 1. ^ a b "Diosdado P. Banatao: Exceutive Profile and Biography". BusinessWeek. September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 2. ^ a b c d e Tyrone Solee (June 11, 2009). "Dado Banatao Success Story". Millionaire Reacts. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 3. ^ Crisp, Penny and Lopez, Antonio (July 2000). "Making Good in Silicon Valley". Asiaweek 26 (08). 4. ^ a b Gonzalez, Bianca (June 3, 2012). "Where in the world is Dado Banatao?". 10 Things You Should Know About... The Philippine Star. Retrieved September 14, 2012.

5. ^ de Castro, Cynthia (September 27, 2009). "DIOSDADO DADO BANATAO: The Filipino Bill Gates comes to LA for Ayala Foundation USAs business seminar". Asian Journal. p. 2. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 6. ^ Howard, Caroline J. (April 30, 2012). "Banatao: With culture of science, Filipinos can compete globally". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 7. ^ Villacorta, Carissa (April 29, 2012). "Investing in PH engineering talent". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 8. ^ a b c d Hirahara, Naomi (2003). Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 242. ISBN 1573563447. 9. ^ Brown, Steven E.F. (April 28, 2010). "Ikanos Communications CEO quits". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 10.^ "The Filipino Champion: Dado Banatao". Balitang America. September 15, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 11.^ "Banatao: With culture of science, Filipinos can compete globally". ABSCBN News. April 30, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 12.^ Abarquez-Delacruz, Prosy (April 30, 2011). "Dado Banatao keynotes SIPA 39th Anniversary Benefit Dinner". Asian Journal. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 13.^ "Pinoy Tech Billionaire Profile: Diosdado Banatao". Nego Sentro. May 31, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 14.^ "The Forbes Midas List 2006". Forbes. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 15.^ Polito, Rabindranath S. (March 30, 2009). "MSU-IITs 39th Commencement Exercises". Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. Retrieved September 10, 2012.