Brown acknowledged that “some of our customers are worried that we may commoditize” their chips [or systems]. However, he quickly added, “commoditization will happen anyway, whether they use us or not.”
When it comes to the resignation of a high-profile executive, the story of Chen last week took an unconventional path. His departure involved no CEO thanking the departing executive for his service, nor did the ex-executive offer a cover story about pursuing “personal interests.” Chen simply noted that “the company's CEO decided that he and I have different visions for the company, and so we parted ways.” He added, however, “This abrupt development was unexpected.” Asked about “differences in visions,” Chen said, “I don’t know. You have to ask the company.”
Meanwhile, CEO Brown insisted that there are no plans for changes in the company’s business model or vision.
Chen had worked at Sensor Platforms for more than five years. He helped reshape the company away from semiconductors, focused on developing and selling algorithms and software platforms. He played a public role as an evangelist of the company’s technology.
Chen was identified by EE Times last year as one of the top 40 innovators to watch.