Donald F. Hooper was the originator of the development toolkit for Intel's network processor products. He was the lead developer of the original Intel IXP1200 tool development. As the software architect for the Intel IXP1200 and Intel IXP2XXX processors, he created the early reference design examples for Intel's network processor product lines. As architect for the tools group, his current focus is developing key new features for packet-centric debugging. Don has done pioneering work with tools for over 20 years. He developed a logic synthesis CAD tool that was used in the development of high-end VAX computer for Digital Equipment Corporation in the 80s. He holds 75 combined patents and patents pending in computer pipeline design, logic synthesis, rule-based artificial intelligence systems, video server systems, network processors, and development tools for network processors.