Management Team

Antoine Paquin


Serial entrepreneur/founder. Past CEO/founder of Skystone Systems (acquired by Cisco System in 1997 - NASDAQ: CSCO); CEO Philsar Semiconductor (acquired by Conexant Systems in 2000 - NASDAQ: CNXT / SWKS); CEO Axiom Microdevices (acquired by SkyWorks Systems - NASDAQ: SWKS). Entrepreneur of the Year (1997) for the Nation's Capital, National Research Council's Innovator of the Year Award, IWAY awards for exceptional entrepreneurial achievements. Partner Rho Canada and Rho EIR.

Luke Smith


Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer of Newport Media; President and CEO of Potentia Semiconductor Inc.; Chief Operating Officer and Site Manager for Philsar/Conexant; Vice President of Operations for Synergy Semiconductor; and Vice President and Manufacturing General Manager of Analog Devices Inc. Also served National Semiconductor Inc. in a variety of roles earlier in his career. Earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from UNL in 1970 and 1971, respectively.  Earned MBA from Westminster University, Salt Lake City, in 2001.  Is a Fellow of NUTech Ventures at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and was a Fellow of Arizona State University Furnace Program. 

Morris Tan

VP Operations

Operations executive with 23+ years experience in semiconductor operations - spanning quality & reliability, product engineering, test & package engineering, and global supply chain planning & logistics. Most recently in SiGe Semiconductor where he helped grow the business - shipping 40M units in 2005 to >300M units in 2011, at which time SiGe was acquired by SkyWorks Systems - NASDAQ:SWKS. Before SiGe, Morris also worked at various operations engineering & management roles in Zarlink (formerly Mitel Semiconductor) and Intel Corporation.

Des Hickey

VP Finance

Over 24 years experience in Finance and Administration roles for privately held high technology corporations.  VP Finance Philsar Semiconductor (acquired by Conexant Systems in 2000 - NASDAQ: CNXT / SWKS); CFO Seaway Networks Inc. (acquired by Freescale Semiconductor in 2005 - NYSE:FSL). 

Mihai Varlan

VP Engineering

25+ years of management experience in HW design of complex systems comprised of analog and high speed digital application. Covered System, High Level or Detailed Design for a multitude of deployed products including Low Power Data Loggers, High Speed Data Acquisition Systems for Sonar Applications and multiple networking blades providing advanced packet processing from T1 up to OC48 speeds.