Benjamin Zhang- President
Zhan “Benjamin” Zhang comes to Chaoyang from ABB Group, publicly listed company that operating in 100 countries. At ABB he was the General Manager and head of Asia Pacific Business reporting to the Global Business Leader. As GM of ABB, Benjamin was in charge of Integrated DC Power solutions and was responsible for AC-DC and DC-DC products for the APAC business unit. This business unit started as a division of Tyco Electronics where Benjamin had joined in 2005 as a Product Manager. He stayed through Tyco’s acquisition by Lineage where he moved to APAC Marketing Manager and China Country Sales Manager.
Benjamin graduated from Zhejiang University with both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Power System Automation and Power Electronics. Additionally, in 2012 he graduated with an MBA from Fudan University.
Omid Tahernia- Interim-CEO
Mr. Tahernia has over 30 years of experience in leading global high technology organizations and businesses providing systems and semiconductor solutions – both in the U.S. and abroad.
Prior to becoming interim-CEO of Chaoyang Technologies (as we search for Chinese CEO), Tahernia was the CEO and Director of Ikanos Communications (NASDAQ: IKAN) acquired by Qualcomm in 2015.
Mr. Tahernia spent three years at Xilinx, where he was Vice President and General Manager of a newly created DSP Division and later served as Vice President and General Manager of the Processing Solutions Group consisting of DSP, Embedded Processing, and IP Divisions.
Prior to Xilinx, Tahernia spent 21 years at Motorola in both the equipment and semiconductor segments. He held a variety of positions at Motorola including running a nearly $1 billion wireless chipset business in the company’s Semiconductor unit, as Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Division. Mr. Tahernia holds thirteen U.S. patents, a B.S.E.E. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and an M.S.E.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Liu: Director of Business Development
Mike started his career as an engineer at Motorola quickly transitioning to sales for multinational companies such as On Semiconductor, Vishay, IDT, and Freescale. Most recently he has worked at Semtech and before that he was regional sales manager for Tensilica (acquired by Cadence). Mike brings >25 years experience to Chaoyang in the area of sales and business development. He has strong connections in many key industries such as mobile phone, IoT, and high volume consumer electronics. His strong connection to potential customers and his background in power management products as well as IP is a strong benefit to future markets for Chaoyang.
Joe Tan: Senior Staff Engineer
Joe brings a wealth of semiconductor design background to the team with >20 years of ASIC design experience. He has spent the majority of that time working on power management related IP and products for a wide range of customers. He developed products such as DC-DC, AC-DC, battery chargers, and LDOs. He has worked for both large multinational companies as well as small companies such as Huawei, O2Micro, as well as Beken. He also has experience working overseas in Singapore and working with companies all over the world. His strong experience to bring design to production gives Chaoyang a boost to our product development activities.
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.
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.
Boyang Fang: Senior FAE Engineer
Boyang has received his Electrical Engineering degrees from the UK with an emphasis in power management (DC-DC converters). He worked for 5 years at the world’s number 3 mobile phone ASIC design company (Unisoc/Spreadtrum) as the FAE/AE responsible for power architecture and verification of their in-house power management projects. Boyang’s experience brings strong mobile phone system experience to Chaoyang to enhance both our PMIC planning as well as our customer support.