SUNNYVALE, Calif .-- Stanford Microdevices Inc. announced it has opened a design center in Kanata, Ontario, and hired a Nortel Networks Inc. executive as director of the facility.
Michael Van der Tol, director of the Ottawa Design Center, will lead a team of industry experts focusing on application-specific communication IC products. Van der Tol said a high priority of the group is to develop multi-function chips and multi-chip modules for next-generation wireless infrastructure equipment.
Prior to joining Stanford Microdevices, Van der Tol has held several management and senior management positions within Nortel Networks. Most recently, he was senior manager of RF technology development at Nortel Networks' Wireless Solutions business unit.
Van der Tol holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada and master's and bachelor's degrees electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
This group, in collaboration with Stanford's new Dallas Design Center andoperations in Sunnyvale, will significantly expand SMI's design capability and enhance the company's ability to develop highly integrated product soluutions and other RF components for a variety of wireless applications.
"The opening of this facility and the addition of this new group, is an extremely important addition to our engineering capability," said Gary Gianatasio, vice president and general manager of wireless infrastructure products at Stanford Microdevices. "This team will allow us to provide major wireless OEMs access to world-class design capability to help accelerate the realization of their product vision."