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Cecil Kaplinksy

Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:00 AM | Jerry Gipper (Administrator)
Induction: February 2014

Cecil Kaplinsky, along with Craig MacKenna and John Black, developed the first draft of the VMEbus specification. Cecil, who was at Signetics at the time of the launch of VMEbus, went on to a career of IP development but it appears that he passed away in 1999.

From 1988 to 1991, Cecil Kaplinsky was the VP of engineering and research and development for Plus Logic (later sold to Xilinx), which he founded.

Kaplinsky then went on to become Corporate VP and CTO of Cradle Technologies, a venture-funded fabless semiconductor company founded in 1998, which invented a new single-chip microprocessor platform called the Universal Microsystem (UMS). Kaplinsky was responsible for researching, staffing, and developing UMS.

Prior to Cradle, Kaplinsky spent seven years developing and selling intellectual property to companies such as Atmel, Micro Linear, Motorola, and Cirrus Logic.

He has 32 patents issued. They can be viewed here:

Key Contributions
  • Kaplinsky, along with John Black and Craig McKenna, developed the first draft of the VMEbus specification in 1981.
Employment History
  • 1988 - 1991: Founder and VP of Engineering and Research/Development, Plus Logic 
  • 1992 - 1998: Developing/selling intellectual property 
  • 1998 - 1999: Corporate VP and CTO, Cradle Technologies
  • University of Cape Town

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