Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital
Diosdado P. Banatao has served on our board of directors and as chairman of our board of directors since December 2000 and served as our Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2006 to August 2007. Mr. Banatao has been a Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a venture capital firm, since July 2000 and served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Ikanos Communications, Inc. from April 2010 to August 2010. From April 2008 to June 2009, he also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., which was acquired by CSR plc in June 2009. Prior to forming Tallwood, Mr. Banatao was a venture partner at Mayfield Fund from January 1998 to May 2000. Mr. Banatao co-founded three technology startups: S3 Incorporated, Chips & Technologies and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor Corporation, Seeq Technologies, Intersil Corporation and Commodore International. Mr. Banatao currently serves on the board of directors of Ikanos Communications, Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of SiRF Technologies Holdings, Inc. from 1995 to 2009 and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. from 1995 to 2003. He has also served on the board of directors of various privately held companies in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Banatao holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Banatao’s background as a technologist, as well as a senior manager of, board member of, and investor in numerous semiconductor companies provides a diversity of experience for his service on our board of directors. The companies with which he has been involved range from start-up companies to very large public corporations.
Dr. Chenming Hu
University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Chenming Calvin Hu is the TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor of Microelectronics in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the Chief Technology Officer of TSMC from 2001 to 2004. Dr. Hu was the founding chairman of Celestry Design Technologies that was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 2002. He is a board member of SanDisk and the non-profit Friends of Children with Special Needs of Fremont, California.
Dr. Hu is the author or co-author of three books and over 800 research papers and is renowned for his innovations in the field of semiconductor technology. Dr. Hu is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. Dr. Hu received his Bachelor of Science degree from National Taiwan University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering.
Venture Partner, USVP
David Liddle joined U.S. Venture Partners in January 2000, after retiring as president and CEO of business incubator, Interval Research Corporation. Prior to co-founding Interval, Mr. Liddle founded and served as CEO of Metaphor, which was acquired in 1991 by IBM, where he became Vice President of Business development for IBM Personal Systems. Mr. Liddle’s extensive experience in research and development includes 10 years at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and as head of the System Development Division (SDD). He has been a director of Sybase, Broderbund Software, Borland International and Ticketmaster, and is currently on the board of the New York Times Company. His board involvement at USVP also includes Electric Cloud, Instantis, Karmasphere, Klocwork and Optichron and, previously, MaxLinear.
Mr. Liddle earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and an MSEE, MSCS, and Ph.D. at the University of Toledo, where his dissertation focused on reconfigurable computing machines. His contributions to human-computer interaction design earned him the distinction of Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art. He has served as a Consulting Professor of EE and also of CS at Stanford.
Mr. Liddle has served on the DARPA Information Science and Technology Committee and as chair of the NAS Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). In addition, he recently chaired the CSTB study on Wireless Technology Prospects and Policy Options. He has served on the boards of the Colleges of Engineering at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Toledo and previously chaired the board of the Santa Fe Institute. He is currently on the boards of the SETI Institute and the Public Library of Science (PLoS), an open access online science and medicine publishing organization.
President and Chief Executive Officer, SuVolta
Mr. McWilliams brings more than 25 years of executive leadership and technology development experience to the company. Prior to joining SuVolta, he was President and CEO of Tessera Technologies, which he took public through a highly successful initial public offering. Mr. McWilliams led Tessera's turnaround and established its growth strategy. During his tenure, Tessera experienced compounded revenue and operating profit growth exceeding 50% annually which led to Tessera being cited by Business Week as the Second Hottest Growing Company in America in 2006. Mr. McWilliams also served as President and CEO of S-Vision, a liquid crystal-on-silicon based display technology company, Senior Vice President of Flextronics International, and President and CEO of nCHIP, a multichip module packaging company that was acquired by Flextronics. In addition to serving on SuVolta's board of directors, Mr. McWilliams is a director of Intermolecular Inc. and a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. In 2005, he received Ernst & Young’s Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mr. McWilliams holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Peter J. Simone
Peter J. Simone has served on our board of directors since April 2010. Mr. Simone has served as an investment consultant and as a consultant to numerous private companies since February 2001. He also served as Executive Chairman of SpeedFam-IPEC, Inc., a semiconductor equipment manufacturing company, which was acquired by Novellus Systems, Inc., from June 2001 to December 2002. From February 2000 to February 2001, Mr. Simone served as a director and President of Active Controls Experts, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of solid-state actuators, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Xionics Document Technologies, Inc., a software company, from April 1997 until Xionics’ acquisition by Oak Technology, Inc. in January 2000. Mr. Simone currently serves on the board of directors of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., Newport Corporation, Veeco Instruments, Inc. and Cymer, Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of Sanmina-SCI Corporation from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Simone is also a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and is vice president of the board of Walker Home and School for Children. Mr. Simone holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Bentley University and an M.B.A. from Babson College.
Mr. Simone possesses particular knowledge and operational experience across several industries as well as broad experience in financial markets, which provides a diversity of experience.
Sam S. Srinivasan has served on our board of directors since June 2007, and as lead director since February 2011. Mr. Srinivasan is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Health Language, Inc., a leader in the development, delivery and marketing of software that reduces the complexity of incorporating medical vocabulary and coding standards into healthcare information technology applications. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Health Language, Inc. from May 2000 until November 2001 and Chairman from May 2000 until March 2002. He also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cirrus Logic, Inc. from November 1988 to March 1996. Prior to this, he served as Director, Internal Audits and subsequently as Corporate Controller of Intel Corporation from May 1984 to November 1988. Currently Mr. Srinivasan serves on the board of directors of TranSwitch Corporation, as well as its nominating and corporate governance committee and is the Chairman of its audit committee. Mr. Srinivasan previously served on the board of directors of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. from 2004 to 2009, Centillium Communications, Inc. from 2006 to 2008, and Leadis Technology, Inc. from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Srinivasan holds a B.A. in commerce from Madras University, India and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.
President and CEO, Inphi Corporation
Ford Tamer serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Tamer brings to Inphi over 20 years of experience building successful technology businesses, with particular expertise in the semiconductor sector. Prior to joining Inphi, Tamer served as CEO of Telegent Systems, Senior VP and General Manager of Broadcom's Infrastructure Networking Group, which he grew to $1.2 billion in revenue in five years, CEO of Agere Inc. which was acquired by Lucent Microelectronics, and VP at Agere Systems. Tamer was also a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he assisted in the growth of cleantech and IT businesses. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Sentons Inc. Tamer holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering from MIT.