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Richard A. Blanchard, PhD, exclusive expert witness

Dr. Blanchard has over 40 years of combined industry, research, academic, and consulting experience. His research covers semiconductor device and electronics design, semiconductor device physics, semiconductor manufacturing processes and equipment, failure analysis, and reverse engineering of semiconductor devices and electronic circuits.

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Areas of semiconductor and electronics expertise

  • Assembly and packages
  • CMOS
  • Electrical and electronic failures
  • Electronic systems
  • ESD and EOS failures
  • Microchip fabrication and analysis
  • MOS and bipolar device technology
  • Patents and trade secrets
  • Power ICs and power electronics
  • Printed circuit board manufacturing
  • Semiconductor process and control


  • Accident investigation
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronic circuit design
  • Electronics/microelectronics
  • Fire safety technology
  • Integrated circuit design
  • Materials science
  • Power systems
  • Semiconductor device design
  • Semiconductor manufacturing

Educational background

BSEE and MSEE degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, 1982

Employment history

Dr. Blanchard has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics industries, having worked with Fairchild Semiconductor, Supertex, Siliconix, IXYS Corporation, Failure Analysis Associates (Exponent), IP Managers, and Silicon Valley Expert Witness Group.

He has also served as an independent consultant and expert witness in semiconductor technology, and is a professor of electrical engineering at Foothill College.

He was previously principal engineer and engineering manager of the Electrical & Electronic Division of Failure Analysis (Exponent) Associates, where he was employed for seven years. As division manager, he performed numerous forensic tests and analysis of electronic and electrical systems and of semiconductor devices. These were often subject to legal disputes, particularly those involving intellectual property rights.

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