LONDON SiliconGate LDA (Porto, Portugal), a developer of power management intellectual property cores for use in system-on-chip ICs, has appointed Floriberto Lima as president and chief executive officer.
Lima is 36 years old and earned a MBA degree from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in 2008, and an MSc in Electronics and Systems from the Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa in 2001. Between 2000 and 2007 he was responsible for the creation and development of the Chipidea's power management group. In the years 2008 to 2009, Lima was responsible for Chipidea's power management marketing.
Lima replaces Margarida Sousa, who co-founded SiliconGate in 2008 with Marcelino Santos, chief technology officer. Sousa is set to continue with SiliconGate as executive vice president and deputy to the CEO.
Sousa said SiliconGate is dedicated to power management and therefore covers a large market base without competing with potential clients. "The IPs we have developed have interesting specs. For example, our two DC/DC converter IPs are specially designed for digital loads with large activity changes such as communication processors," Sousa said in an email to EE Times. "Although we are a startup, the SiliconGate team has a lot of experience acquired at Chipidea," she added.
"Now with Floriberto aboard, SiliconGate is ready to move forward aggressively beyond our research and development stage," said Santos, in a statement. "To grow this startup into a world-class company, Floriberto will be instrumental in establishing the right partnerships and driving SiliconGate's technology into strategic market areas."
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