PARIS Gilles Delfassy, ex-senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments Inc.'s wireless terminals unit, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Open-Plug, a French startup that creates and commercializes ELIPS, an open application development environment designed for mass-market mobile phones.
In January 2007, Delfassy retired after 28 years with TI. He had been at helm of TI's wireless terminals unit since its inception in 1995. Under his leadership, TI developed the OMAP platform, which enables multimedia on cell phones thereby broadening wireless capability beyond voice.
Delfassy and his team also developed the single-chip mobile phone technology called LoCosto, bringing affordable mobile phones to people in China, India and Africa for the very first time.
Commenting on his appointment, Gilles Delfassy declared: "The company will play an even more important role in the wireless ecosystem as the sophistication of handset applications and services continues to increase. Open-Plug makes it simple and cost effective for handset manufacturers to bring to market the exciting new features consumers are demanding."
Open-Plug was founded in 2002 by a team of industry experts with a strong background in embedded mobile software development.
Open-Plug aims to provide, with its Flexibleware technology, the mobile phone industry with a component-based framework and MMI, offering a software design flow that seamlessly and efficiently supports the value chain of embedded software development for mobile terminals.
Headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, Open-Plug raised 3.6 million euros in 2003 to commercialize its FlexibleWare technology. A second round of financing led by new investors BayTech Venture Capital and SGAM AI Private Equity was finalized in October 2006 and raised $15 million. First round investors Auriga Partners, I-Source Gestion, Siparex Ventures and Sophia Euro Lab joined the Series B funding.