A Silicon Valley legend has returned to his entrepreneurial roots, accepting the chairmanship at a start-up software firm that is developing a product to ease computer-to-computer data migration.

James G. Treybig, former president and chief executive of Tandem Computers Inc., plans to split his time between the new firm, Reliant Data Systems Inc. in Austin, Tex., and two unrelated companies of which he also has been named chairman.

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