LONDON Chenming Hu, a former chief technology officer of chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and presently the TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, has joined the board of directors of Monolithic System Technologies Inc. (MoSys) of Sunnyvale, California.
MoSys has developed and licensed widely a form of embedded DRAM that it calls 1T-SRAM.
However, the company was the subject of a failed acquisition by EDA vendor Synopsys Inc. in and Fu-Chieh Hsu, former chairman, president and chief executive announced on Friday (Dec. 31) that he had resigned from the company, effective Dec. 30, 2004 and cited health problems as the reason for his resignation.
The company had previously lost its vice president of sales and marketing, Mark-Eric Jones, who moved to become chief executive officer of memory licensing startup Innovative Silicon Inc. in Sept. 2004.
Mark Voll, MoSys chief financial officer took responsibility for operations at the company while the board conducts a search for a chief executive officer.
"We are pleased to have Dr. Hu, with his depth of experience and unique perspective, join our board as we develop new strategies to further the proliferation of our 1T-SRAM technology, drive revenues and enhance shareholder value," said Wingyu Leung, MoSys executive vice president, CTO and board member, in a statement. "Dr. Hu brings a great deal of experience and expertise in semiconductor technology to our board and we expect his insights and leadership skills to be of great value to the company going forward."