Zilog names CTO, head of new IP board
CAMPBELL, Calif. -- Zilog Inc. here has appointed Ed Ponganis, former vice president and assistant to the president to the position of senior vice president and chief technology officer. He succeeds Dick Moore, who has been appointed to a newly created position of senior vice president and general manager for professional services.
"Ed and Dick have provided outstanding service and direction to Zilog and they are extremely well positioned to take on these new responsibilities," said Curtis J. Crawford, chairman, president and CEO of Zilog. "They are proven performers who will continue to provide depth, experience and leadership to our management team as we expand our solutions for customers."
As CTO, Ponganis will preside over computer-aided design, process technology, advanced core research and tools development. Ponganis joined Zilog in 1993 as director of IC design. Since then, he has served as vice president of design engineering and, most recently, vice president and assistant to the president. Prior to joining Zilog, Ponganis served as director of advanced products design at Chips and Technologies, and as director of microprocessor design engineering at National Semiconductor Corp.
Ponganis will work closely with Moore as he transitions to his new post as general manager for professional services. In this role, Moore will spearhead and coordinate Zilog's engineering initiatives in India and coordinate intellectual property programs throughout the company. He will also chair Zilog's new IP Board, which will oversee all Zilog IP relationships. The board also includes Crawford, Ponganis, and key Zilog executives and strategists.
Moore joined Zilog in 1995 as vice president of technology. Prior to that assignment, he served seven years as president and CEO of Cromemco Inc. From 1981 through 1988, he served his first tour of duty with Zilog as vice president of engineering.
Optics industry veteran joins JMAR Technologies
SAN DIEGO -- JMAR Technologies Inc. here announced that John H. Carosella has joined JMAR as senior vice president and managing director of JMAR's recently-established Advanced Light Business area.
Carosella brings extensive experience in the optics industry and executive business and marketing background in the development of optical-based, technology-driven companies.
Most recently, Carosella served for three years as president of Osmic Inc., a Michigan-based developer and provider of advanced X-ray and neutron optical instruments and products for the analytical instrument and semiconductor lithography equipment markets. Under Carosella's leadership, Osmic's sales revenues more than doubled to nearly $8 million per year.
Carosella served for nine years as president of Speedring Systems Inc., a precision systems manufacturer located in Rochester, Mich., which he transformed from a small aerospace and defense contractor into a $10-million-a-year supplier of precision electromechanical devices, optical components and subsystems for the commercial printing and imaging markets.
Carosella holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass. and a master's degree in optical engineering from the University of Rochester.
John S. Martinez, JMAR's chairman and CEO, said Carosella will begin by directing the integration of the advanced technology developed at the JMAR Research division in San Diego with that of U.K.-based Bede Scientific Instruments Ltd., with which JMAR recently signed a series of technology and financial agreements. (see May 26 story). "He will then oversee integration of those combined technologies with precision motion control and measurement instrument products from our JMAR Precision Systems division. The primary focus of John's responsibilities will be to commercialize our advanced light technologies," said Martinez.
Examples of some of the new commercial products being developed include high-power, compact "soft" X-ray point sources for semiconductor lithography. Also planned are X-ray-powered instruments for imaging the interiors of semiconductors that will aid in the location and examination of minute details of their circuitry. Another will perform elemental mapping and detect nano-impurities on the surfaces of semiconductor wafers.
RocketChips promotes Hemken to VP, sales and marketing
MINNEAPOLIS -- RocketChips Inc. here has promoted Tim Hemken to the position of vice president of sales and marketing, with responsibility for developing the company's sales and marketing organization for global coverage of the wired and wireless communications markets. He was previously director of sales and marketing.
RocketChips uses both direct salespeople and manufacturer representatives to sell its analog, RF and mixed-signal ICs and related intellectual property. Hemken also directs the company's marketing activities including advertising and public relations.
"Tim has provided strong leadership of our sales and marketing efforts, particularly in closing critically important customer contracts," said RocketChips president and CEO Raymond Johnson. "With Tim's support, our company was recognized by the Fabless Semiconductor Association, both in 1998 and 1999, for private companies that more than doubled revenue in the year, and he has helped position us for future design wins with many Tier 1 networking companies."
Hemken has 18 years of industry experience. Before joining RocketChips in 1998, he held positions with Texas Instruments Inc., National Semiconductor Corp. and Customer 1st Inc., selling and marketing communications ICs. Hemken holds a bachelor's from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.