He is the founder of Xircom and Xirrus.
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In March 2001, after 13 years in operation, Gates negotiated the sale of Xircom to Intel Corporation for US $748 Million.
Gates served as vice president and general manager of mobile communications at Intel and then went on to co-found Xirrus, a wi-fi technology company, in early 2004 with Patrick Parker and Steve DeGennaro. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Xirrus which designs and sells wireless networking equipment called Wi-Fi Arrays based on the IEEE standards 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n.