Team

Team2020-08-26T20:44:23+00:00

Babak Bastani

Bastani was appointed CEO in November 2019. He is a veteran figure in the wireless and semiconductor industry with over 28 years at the cutting edge of technology, and a hugely successful track record in change management and creating value, most recently as the EVP of Ensigma BU at Imagination Technologies. Prior to that, Mr. Bastani was the COO at Cambridge Touch Technologies and SVP of Engineering at Samsung Electronics.

Mr. Bastani has held senior leadership roles at top semiconductor and OEMs including VP of chip design at Cambridge Silicon Radio and SiRF Technology and Executive Director of R&D at Freescale Semiconductors where he was a key contributor in the successful turn-around of the wireless division and the subsequent sale of the company to the private equity consortium.

Babak has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering with first class honors from Kings College University of London and a master’s degree in Satellite Communication Engineering from the University of Surrey, Guildford. His strong technical background includes 14 issued U.S. Patents with several others pending.

Dr. Hassan Ihs

After a degree in Advanced Mathematics Dr. Hassan Ihs decided to pursue his University studies in Electrical Engineering that leaded him to defend a Ph.D. thesis on Built-In Self-Test of Mixed signal ICs that he obtained with the highest honors at the University of Montpellier, France in 1997. Dr. Hassan Ihs pursued his career at various companies in US and Europe including Intel, Motorola and NXP as a senior/principal Mixed Signal design engineer. His mantra in conducting his engineering work is Solve it or Mathematically prove it is a deadlock then move on to a different angle of attack.

He also believes that keeping hands in even at higher executive positions is key to innovativeness of a start-up company. Dr. Hassan Ihs has filled more than 30 first-author patents and published 22 papers in various IEEE journals and conferences. He believes the key to success of a semiconductor start-up company relies on the disruptive and game changing nature of the technology portfolio. Dr. Hassan Ihs created his first start-up company in 2009 where he was first to offer an advanced Audio Speaker Driver product that implements digital modulation using an analog sigma delta ADC in feedback. The bottleneck of instability due to building blocks latencies has been innovatively solved. The architecture is now a standard in today’s Mobile and automotive Audio equipment’s.

In 2013, Dr. Hassan Ihs cofounded Chaoyang Technologies with few veterans and successful entrepreneurs of the semiconductor industry to offer innovative products in Mobile and IoT Power Management. He is now the Chief Technology Officer of the company.

Dr. Saeid Safavi

As Chaoyang CIO, Dr. Saeid Safavi is leading the Artificial Intelligence platforms and products. He is an industry-leading technologist and thought leader in advanced digital signal processing, AI implementation, and wireless technologies. Dr. Safavi brings 26 years of broad engineering, R & D, and management expertise with technical leadership in AI and Machine Learning, Digital Design, Wireless (5G Broadband, Wi-Fi, Cellular), multimedia and chip industries within successful start-ups, as well as, global companies. At Chaoyang Technologies, Dr. Safavi drives the implementation of a new breath of AI-driven technologies to enhance the company’s innovative platforms.

These platforms include smart microphones and speakers, smart sensors, edge and cloud computing AI accelerators, as well as, the technology roadmap and R&D efforts for company’s future portfolio of AI-based products and services.

Prior to joining Chaoyang, Dr. Safavi was VP of engineering at Skyriver Communications, a San Diego based ISP where he supported design and implementation an in-house 5G class broadband access technology, enhanced by smart antenna and AI platforms. His AI focus was on platforms for network and user’s QoE optimization deep learning applied to network and operations optimization. While at Skyriver Dr. Safavi filed multiple patent applications and was selected as a nominee for San Diego’s top executive awards of 2018. Dr. Safavi held key technology management roles with industry giants such as Director of Advanced System Engineering lab for Samsung R&D and Director of Enterprise Wireless Technologies at FutureWei Technologies, a Huawei America Company. While in these companies he introduced a significant amount of new technologies and filed various patents. At Samsung Saeid introduced an AI-based smart edge platform that would apply across an echo system of Samsung products and devices to enhance quality of user experience (QoE). Prior to that Dr. Safavi was the CTO and founder of Gigariver Inc., where he incubated, and developed a new AI-based SaaS product and Web Services.

Dr. Safavi has various patents, including over 40 granted patents and applications, and has authored numerous published works including many technical papers. While at Samsung, he was selected to complete the UC Berkeley’s Engineering Leadership Professional Program, ELPP, a program made parallel to a technology-focused MBA that is offered to top-performing engineering managers. His PhD work focused on wireless communications received FW Carter Prize for the best PhD thesis of the year 1996 by University of Leeds, UK, and he holds an MSc and a BSc in electrical engineering both completed with first rank classification.

John Rowland (罗强)

As COO of Chaoyang, John brings 25 years of Operations experience to the firm. John started his career at Ericsson in the US developing land mobile radio handsets for public safety organizations. At Ericsson he transitioned into developing cellular derivative products for specialty markets in South America which started his career in the cellular industry. After Ericsson, John quickly moved into the semiconductor industry at Rockwell Semiconductors (which eventually became Skyworks) to develop RF system architectures used in GSM mobile phone chipsets. After Rockwell, he joined his first startup, Mobilink Telecom (acquired by Broadcom), to create a turnkey solution that provided ASICs as well as software, hardware, and customer manufacturing support that enabled smaller mobile phone companies to compete against the largest cellphone manufacturers that previously dominated the market.

After leaving Broadcom, John worked at several startup companies in the semiconductor industry working on mobile phone chipsets as well as RFID before landing most recently at Spreadtrum/Unisoc.

During his tenure at Spreadtrum/Unisoc, John relocated to Shanghai to lead the hardware platform team, hardware customer service team, the RFIC development team, and the IC packaging/codesign team. Over those 10 years, Spreadtrum grew from 400 people to over 5000 with annual revenue growing from $0 to nearly $2B. John’s team members also grew during this time to support over 100 cellphone customers including Tier 1 companies like Samsung and Huawei with 500 engineers and teams in 4 countries (US, India, Korea, and China), and more than 10 cities.

John graduated from Virginia Tech with both his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering with specialties in RF, electronics, and electromagnetics.

Peniel Lei (雷鹏)

Peniel Lei Joined Chaoyang in November 2019 as Senior Manager of Application Engineering, responsible for customer engineering support and business development. Also, he brings his insights from 9 years of application experience on power management and audio to this firm.

Prior to joining Chaoyang, he worked at Spreadtrum/Unisoc, starting from being a hardware engineer, then PMIC application staff engineer, and finally promoted to technical marketing manager with a focus on PMIC and Audio. During this journey, he gained 5 issued and 2 pending patents; won the outstanding employee award of the year; supported Tier 1 customers including Samsung and Huawei, and planned several PMICs designs for the smartphone platform.

Peniel graduated from Tongji University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2011.

Yafu Yue (岳亚富)

Yafu joined Chaoyang in June 2019 as Director of Operations, responsible for leading the product engineering team and brings over 9 years of mass production experience to the firm.

Yafu started his career at SMIC in developing 40nm low power process as process integrated engineer.  After SMIC, he served as a senior engineer and manager of Spreadtrum/Unisoc product engineering. During his career at Spreadtrum/Unisoc, Yafu supported the transfer of new prototype products to volume manufacturing and was responsible for product cost reduction through continuous improvements in yield & throughput of the foundry, assembly & test house, troubleshooting production failures and performing root cause analysis. After Unisoc, he moved into Goke Microelectronics as a Director to build up the operations engineering team and optimize the new products induction and qualification flow.

Yafu graduated from Zhejiang University with a master’s degree in microelectronics in 2007.