Well, this is jolly good news. Hopefully you will recall my articles Silego’s GreenPAK – Design and program a custom chip in minutes and Yes! Silego’s GreenPAK 2 chips and mini-dev boards are here!
The good news is that Silego Technology was recently recognized at Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500 event in Menlo Park, California, as being the second fastest growing semiconductor company in North America with 1127% growth.
What makes this even more impressive is the fact that that only four years ago, Silego’s main “claim to fame” was creating clock chips for use in PCs. So you can only imagine their concern when they were informed by the major processor manufacturers that the chip functions Silego provided would soon be integrated into the processor chipsets. This meant that 95% of Silego’s revenue was set to disappear within two years.
In order to address this, Silego began its transformation from a PC Clocking company into a company that specializes in programmable mixed-signal IC products, which they refer to as CMICs (Configurable Mixed-signal ICs). Within two years, Silego’s design teams had introduced not one, but four new technologies to the industry as part of the larger CMIC strategy while still servicing their legacy PC clock business.
Today, Silego ships hundreds of millions of CMIC products in highly standardized packaging to numerous top-tier companies across the consumer electronics market. Despite the dreadful economy, Silego has added significant staff in their Silicon Valley location as well as opening design and technology centers in China and the Ukraine.
I love to hear a success story, and my heartiest congratulations go to the folks at Silego. My personal experience is that they deserve their success based on their “can-do” and “go-getting” attitude. They are also extremely tenacious. For example, when their product marketing manager Aron Cooperman heard I was going to be at DAC this year, he called me up to arrange a meeting at which he gave me a full briefing on Silego’s GreenPAK mixed-signal programmable FPGAs.
Following that initial briefing, Aron and Vita Yatskulyak, Silego’s worldwide marketing communications expert, hounded me unmercifully (grin) asking “Have you managed to do your write-up yet?”
The thing is that I’m always juggling so many balls in the air that it’s easy for things to “slide down the pile” and eventually “fall through the cracks” – so the fact that Aron and Vita kept on pinging me was what made my original GreenPAK article happen.
And no sooner was that first article out of the door than Silego announced their GreenPAK 2 chips, and Aron and Vita started up again – always so kind and polite sending emails saying things like “Is there anything else you need us to provide for your write-up?” (grin).
So, as I say, I think Silego’s success is well deserved and I look forward to seeing what new products they come up with in the future. And if there’s one thing I know I can count on, it’s that Aron and Vita will make sure to keep me (and, by extension, you) in the loop (grin).
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