Dr. Howard C. Yang is one of our founders and has served as our Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Prior to co-founding us, he was Vice President at Integrated Device Technology Inc., a semiconductor design company, from 2001 to 2004. In 1997, Dr. Yang co-founded Newave Semiconductor Corp., an integrated circuit design company located in China. In 2001, Newave merged into Integrated Device Technology Inc., which was ranked China's top ten mergers of the year by China Merger and Acquisitions Yearbook (2002). Prior to Newave, Dr. Yang held various positions at Shanghai Belling in Shanghai as well as National Semiconductor Corp., Chips and Technology Inc. and Pericom Semiconductor Corp. in Silicon Valley. He has been an IEEE Fellow since January 2010 and was selected into the National "Thousand Talents Program," a program organized by the Central Coordination Committee on the Recruitment of Talents in China to recruit top overseas scientists and back to China. He has received several awards for his work, including IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award and Magnolia Gold Award from the mayor of Shanghai for his pioneering contributions in China's integrated circuit design industry. Dr. Yang holds both master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University.
Stephen Tai is one of our founders and has served as a member of our board of directors and our President since our inception. Mr. Tai has over 18 years of experience in semiconductor architecture, design and engineering management. Prior to co-founding us, Mr. Tai was the Director of Engineering Research and Development and a founding core team member at Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a semiconductor company, from 1995 to 2003. Prior to Marvell, he was a senior design engineer at Sigmax Technology, a CD-ROM controller semiconductor company, from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Tai holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Leechung Yiu joined us in October 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. Dr. Yiu has over 25 years of product development experience in the integrated circuit design industry in a broad range of areas including storage, communication and multimedia applications. Before joining us, Dr. Yiu served as Vice President of Engineering at Trident Microsystems, Inc., a digital TV chipset manufacturer, from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Yiu also served as VP of Engineering at Shanghai Huahong International, an integrated device manufacturer, from 2005 to 2007, Sunext Technology Company Limited, a supplier of semiconductor products for Optical Disc Drive applications, from 2003 to 2005 and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, from 1999 to 2003. In 1997, Dr. Yiu co-founded Newave Semiconductor Corp., an integrated circuit design company in China, and served as its Vice President of Engineering from 1997 to 1999. Dr. Yiu received both Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.
Dr. Gene Liu joined us in August 2014 as Vice President of Marketing (STB Products) and has served as Senior Corporate VP and General Manager of the Consumer Electronics Division since July 2016. Dr. Liu has over 22 years of experience in product planning, sales, marketing, and engineering management in the electronics industry. Prior to joining us, he served as CEO at C2 Microsystems Inc. from 2006 to 2013. He was Sr. Vice President and General Manager at Digital Home Entertainment Division of Zoran Corporation from 2002 to 2006, Vice President and General Manager of Zoran Asia-Pacific from 2000 to 2002, and General Manager of Zoran China from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Liu holds Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Minnesota, and master’s degree in Physics from Chinese Academy of Sciences, BS from Peking University.
Dr. Zhongyuan Chang joined us in June 2013 as a Vice President of Engineering (Memory Interface Products). Dr. Chang has over 23 years of experience in analog and mixed-signal product development and engineering management. Prior to joining us, he served as CTO at Shanghai Belling Co. Ltd., from 2010 to 2013. Prior to working at Belling, Dr. Chang served as Vice President at Integrated Device Technology Inc. and General Manager of IDT-Shanghai. Before returning to China, he was a Senior Engineer at Alcatel Inc. in Belgium. Dr. Chang served as an Information Technology Policy Committee member of the Data Converter Subcommittee of IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), from 2004 to 2009. He was an invited speaker at ISSCC in 2004. In addition, Dr. Chang has published over 20 technical articles in IEEE Journals and international conferences, including three papers at ISSCC. He is the first author of the monograph “Low Noise Wideband Amplifiers in Bipolar and CMOS Technology” (Kluwer Academic, 1990). Dr. Chang holds both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Microelectronic Engineering from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Dr. Cheng Tie Chen joined us in March 2011 as a Vice President of Engineering (SoC Products). Dr. Chen has more than 25 years of industrial research and development experience in digital integrated circuit development and video applications. Prior to joining us, Dr. Chen was a Vice President of Engineering at Trident Microsystems, Inc., a DTV chips manufacturer, from July 2006 to February 2011, responsible for digital TV integrated circuit development. Prior to Trident, Dr. Chen was a Vice President of Engineering at Magnum Semiconductor Inc., a provider of silicon, modules, software and IP for the professional broadcast infrastructure market, from 2005 to 2006 and Cirrus Logic, Inc., an analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit supplier, from 2001 to 2005. In 1996, Dr. Chen joined Stream Machine Company (which was acquired by Cirrus Logic), a supplier of MPEG-2 video recording technology, as Technology Founder and VP of Engineering. Dr. Chen also held various research and engineering positions at Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories, an industrial research organization, from 1984 to 1987 and Bell Communications Research, from 1987 to 1996. Dr. Chen received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.
Shawn Si is one of our founders and has served as a Vice President of Engineering (STB Front-end Products) since 2010, having previously served as Engineering Director since our inception. He has over 19 years of experience in developing high-performance analog, RF and mixed-signal semiconductor products. Prior to joining us, Mr. Si served as senior Member of the Technical Staff at Bigbear Networks, Inc. (acquired by Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.), a provider of transceivers and electronic dispersion compensation solutions for high speed networks, from 2001 to 2004, and a senior Member of Technical Staff of Datapath Systems Inc. (acquired by LSI Logic), a communications chip company, from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Si received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.
Xuegong Liu joined us in October 2007 as Software Engineering Director and has served as Vice President of Software Engineering since 2014. Mr. Liu has over 16 years of experience in embedded software development, software application engineering, software testing and management. Prior to joining us, he served as General Manager and Director of China Engineering, from 2006 to 2007, and Senior Manager of Codec Software Engineering, from 1999 to 2006, at Consumer Products Group of LSI Corp. (formerly C-Cube Microsystem Inc., a pioneer in digital video technology). Mr. Liu received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Xidian University, China.
Seung Jin (SJ) Seo joined us in February 2012 as a Vice President of Engineering (Validation and Applications). Mr. Seo has more than 22 years of experience in memory module development. Prior to joining us, Mr. Seo served as a Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a multinational electronics company, from 1989 to 2011, managing a memory module development team with responsibility for all aspects of memory module development. Mr. Seo has extensive experience with key server OEMs, and during his career has been involved in the development of JEDEC standards, module PCB design, verification and system validation testing. Mr. Seo received his bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
Kenneth Chew joined us in March 2005 as a Vice President of Operations. Mr. Chew has over 20 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing and engineering project management. Prior to joining us, he was the Director of Operations and founding team member at Marvell Asia Pte Ltd, a semiconductor company and subsidiary of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., in Singapore, from 1997 to 2005. Prior to Marvell, he held various engineering manufacturing and project management positions at Adaptec Singapore, a semiconductor company, from 1996 to 1997, and at Silicon Systems Singapore, a semiconductor company, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Chew holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from University of Iowa, USA.
Bill Franciscovich joined us in January 2007 as a Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Mr. Franciscovich has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor sales, marketing and manufacturing. Prior to joining us, Mr. Franciscovich served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Power-One Inc., a provider of power conversion and power management solutions, from 2004 to 2006. At Integrated Device Technology, Inc., or IDT, a semiconductor design company, Mr. Franciscovich held various executive sales, product-line management and marketing positions from 1986 to 2003. Prior to IDT, Mr. Franciscovich held sales positions with Zeus Electronics (now a division of Arrow Electronics, Inc.) , an electronic components supplier, from 1984 to 1986 and Motorola Semiconductor, a semiconductor company, from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Franciscovich holds a bachelor’s in Materials Science Engineering from Cornell University.
Dr. Jack Gu joined us in February 2006 as Vice President of Sales. Dr. Gu has over 34 years of experience in sales, manufacturing and engineering management in the electronics industry. Prior to joining us, he was a member of the board of directors and Vice President at CEC-View Company Limited in Beijing, a video display company, from 2005 to 2006. Prior to CEC-View, he was the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Shanghai Belling Co., Ltd, an integrated circuit IDM company, from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Gu holds both master's and Ph.D. degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Gang Shan joined us in August 2005 as Director of Engineering (Memory Interface Products), served as Director of Application/Marketing from 2010 to 2015, and Vice President of Marketing (Data Center Products) since 2015. Mr. Shan has over 16 years of experience in product planning, development, testing, engineering management and technical marketing in the high-speed and high-performance semiconductor industry. Prior to joining us, he worked as design manager at Integrated Device Technology Inc. from 2001 to 2005. He also worked as a senior design engineer at Newave Semiconductor Corp., from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Shan holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China.
Phoebe Su joined us in October 2007 as Financial Controller, and has served as Vice President of Finance & Administration since 2012. She has more than 15 years of experience in finance and accounting. Before joining us, she was Finance Controller of Dow Corning China, a provider of silicon products and services, from 2003 to 2007. Prior to that, she had worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company, a registered public accounting firm, as an Audit Manager from 1995 to 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information System from Fudan University.
Bob Liang joined us in October 2015 as VP of Corporate Strategy and Secretary of the Board. Mr. Liang has over 12 years of experience in business management and financial investments. Before joining us, he served as an Investment Director from 2010 to 2015 at Shanghai Pudong Science And Technology Investment Co., Ltd. (PDSTI). He led the investment in the privatization of Montage, which was named “2014 China Cross-border Investment and M&A Golden Whistle Award”. Prior to PDSTI, he held various technology and marketing management positions at China Communications Services Corporation Limited (CCS). Mr. Liang holds an MBA degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and a bachelor’s degree from Hefei University of Technology (HFUT).