Richard C. Cabot PhD

PO Box 731
Lake Oswego , OR 97034
email: rich@xfrm.com

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Professional Profile

Four decades involvement in consumer and professional digital audio, digital signal processing, psychoacoustics, surround sound, and test and measurement. Successful independent consultant in IP evaluation and product development. Registered Professional Engineer. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PhD, Pepperdine University MBA. Prolific author and seasoned speaker on technical subjects in audio and instrumentation. Seasoned manager with research and development experience.

Professional Experience

XFRM, Inc. (2002 to present) President, Chief Technology Officer

  • Manage all standards development for the Audio Engineering Society (2016 to present)
  • Evaluation of client technology for potential patentability
  • Patent validity assessment
  • Evaluation of third party technology for potential investment
  • Consulting in product definition, engineering and evaluation
  • Development of new technologies, principally in audio and digital signal processing

Qualis Audio, Inc. (2008 to 2012) President

Developed, produced and marketed a product for assessing the compatibility of surround sound programs for the broadcast and motion picture industries.

Audio Precision (1998 to 2001) Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

  • Management authority for engineering, documentation and computer support groups totaling 20 managers, engineers, writers and technicians.
  • Responsible in partnership with President for general corporate management.
  • Develop corporate strategic direction.
  • Chief architect for new products.
  • Represent the company at technical conferences on audio.
  • Represent the company’s interests on international standards committees.

Audio Precision (1984 to 1998). Vice President, Principal Engineer.

  • Managed several dsp engineers and consultants.
  • Responsible in partnership with three other founders for general corporate management.
  • Develop corporate strategic direction.
  • Specific responsibility for research and development of new digital signal processing technologies.
  • Represent the company at technical conferences on audio.
  • Represent the company’s interests on international standards committees.

Tektronix (1978 to 1984). Design Engineer, Project Leader.

  • Responsible for design of audio frequency test and measurement products.
  • Project leader on SG5010 programmable audio oscillator.
  • Design engineer on AA501 audio distortion analyzer.
  • Design engineer on 067-0938 audio distortion measurement fixture.
  • Represent the company at technical conferences on audio.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1977 to 1978) Instructor

Duties included teaching undergraduate electrical engineering and acoustics classes and supervising independent study projects in audio and acoustics by undergraduate students.

National Science Foundation (summer 1977) Principal Investigator

Developed and proposed a research project “Amplified Sound as a Source of Acoustic Trauma”, to study the effects of amplified sound on hearing acuity. Served as principal investigator after grant was funded. Duties included directing research, supervising 5 student researchers, drafting final report.

Other Business Experience

Member, Board of Directors, Momentum Data Systems, Fountain Valley, CA, 2002 to present


  • MBA, 2001, Pepperdine University ( Malibu, CA)
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1977, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( Troy, NY)
  • M.S. Mechanics, 1976, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( Troy, NY)
  • M. Eng. Electrical Engineering, 1975, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( Troy, NY)
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1975, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( Troy, NY)


  • IP Analysis and Evaluation
  • Technology Development
  • Product Definition
  • Product Design
  • Standards Development
  • Technical Marketing and Communication

Professional Accomplishments

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Electrical and Acoustical Engineering in the State of Oregon.
  • Numerous patents on various electrical circuit techniques and digital signal processing techniques.
  • Published and/or presented numerous papers in the fields of audio frequency electronic circuit design, digital signal processing, acoustics and the perception of sound.
  • Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). Previously held the posts of President, International VP, Western Region VP, Governor, Publications Policy Committee Chair, Convention Papers Chair, Digital Audio Measurements Standards Committee Chair, Journal Review Board Member.
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Member of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).
  • Life Member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).
  • Member of Sigma Xi (a scientific research honorary society)
  • Member of Eta Kappa Nu (an engineering honorary society).
  • Developed and Chaired the AES International Conference on Audio Test and Measurement (1992).
  • Former Signal Processing Editor of Sound and Video Contractor Magazine.

Patents, Publications, Products

  • 22 issued US patents
  • More than 50 publications in various journals and conferences from AES, IEEE, ASA, SMPTE, IBC and NAB
  • More than 20 product designs, numerous other product consultations

Political Experience

Appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to the Oregon Central Business Registration Coordinating Council, advising state government on streamlining the registration and regulation of businesses in Oregon.

References available upon request