Jason Kridner
Software architecture manager for Applications Processors, Texas Instruments

Jason Kridner is the Software Architecture Manager for Texas Instruments’ Applications Processor business and is an active leader in TI’s open source initiative. Kridner is a champion of open source and open standards, creating an environment where consumers’ and developers’ often specialized needs are met by having access and compatibility at all layers using optimized system-on-chip semiconductor solutions. Kridner’s responsibilities include definition of the software components, development platforms, and support processes used to engage customers and leading new software technology. Prior to employment at TI, Kridner was a draftsman and an embedded software developer. In 1992, Kridner was drawn to TI by the allure of digital signal processing. Graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Kridner began in TI’s DSP Applications group as a system hardware and ASIC developer. Starting in 1997, Kridner transitioned to lead software development of low-power media software, audio processing, file systems, USB drivers, digital rights management, and video codecs. In 2007, Kridner acted as chief technologist for the Portable Audio and Video business where he took the path of broadening the market for Applications Processors with focus on the role of embedded software architecture and support. Kridner’s most recent initiatives include: • co-founding the BeagleBoard.org community-oriented development project, • acting as TI technical lead on the “Rowboat” Android on OMAP™-3 project, • providing on-line support to anonymous users of TI software components, and • sponsoring the eTech Days Community Lightning Talks on-line unconference where hobbyist and professional developers have equally simple access to showcase their new ideas and creations.

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