Prior to joining NXP, Byrne was a senior analyst at The Linley Group, where he focused on communications and semiconductors, providing strategic guidance on product decisions to senior semiconductor executives. Prior to working at The Linley Group, he was a principal analyst at Gartner, leading the firm's coverage of wired communications semiconductors. There, he advised semiconductor suppliers on strategy, marketing and investing. Byrne started his career at SMOS Systems after graduating with a bachelor of science in engineering from Duke University. He spent three years at SMOS as part of the R&D engineering team working on 32-bit RISC microcontrollers. He then returned to school for an MBA, which he received with high distinction from the University of Michigan. He worked with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group for a year before going on to work at Gartner, where he spent the next nine years until going to work for The Linley Group in 2005.