1 June 2010


SiBEAM’s CEO named to Global Semiconductor Association’s Emerging Company CEO Council

John LeMoncheck, CEO & president of fabless semiconductor firm SiBEAM Inc of Sunnyvale, CA, USA (which develops CMOS silicon-based millimeter-wave solutions and high-speed wireless communications platforms) has been appointed a member of the Global Semiconductor Association’s (GSA) Emerging Company CEO Council. LeMoncheck has been a GSA member since 2007.

The council consists of CEOs from companies representing 25 countries across the globe and throughout the supply chain with proven technical and market leadership and promising new technologies, to advise GSA’s board of directors on emerging company needs and to support GSA’s focus on entrepreneurship.

Since its inception in 1994, the GSA has played a vital role with the emergence and worldwide adoption of the fabless business model, says SiBEAM. Its aim is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective fabless ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. GSA addresses challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for global collaboration, it identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with market intelligence.

Founded in 2004, SiBEAM develops intelligent millimetre-wave technologies for wireless communications to meet the demand for high-bandwidth services, and is the only firm to fabricate 60GHz chipsets using standard CMOS silicon technology. SiBEAM is also a founding member of the WirelessHD Consortium. The first applications for its technology are based on the WirelessHD specification for home multimedia content delivery and A/V connectivity. SiBEAM is driving the architecture and semiconductor implementation for the distribution and presentation of high-definition content in the consumer electronics and personal computing markets. Solutions for wireless personal area networks (WPAN) and automotive will follow.

Winner of the GSA’s ‘Startup to Watch’ award, SiBEAM is the only company to ship 60GHz communication systems for consumer electronics, personal computing and mobile devices. The firm is currently shipping its second-generation 60GHz chipsets, based on the globally available WirelessHD standard. Its wireless technology is capable of achieving up to 4Gb/s data rates (ten times faster than existing consumer wireless technologies). Products from Best Buy's Rocketfish private label brand, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sony and others have been shipping since early 2009.

“We depend on our members to help us advance our goals, and SiBEAM brings a valuable combination of insight, innovation and industry-leading technology for a rapidly growing market segment,” comments GSA president Jodi Shelton. “Participation in this council will serve a mutual industry goal of advancing the fabless semiconductor business model,” says John LeMoncheck.

LeMoncheck joined SiBEAM from Silicon Image where he was VP of CE and PC/Display business and was responsible for all product, market and business strategy development and execution including leading efforts to promote worldwide adoption of HDMI. Prior to Silicon Image, he was VP of software and systems engineering for TeraLogic (purchased by Zoran), directing all platform and software implementations for its digital TV solutions. Previously, LeMoncheck was a member of the founding team at Arithmos Inc (purchased by ST Microelectronics) where he was VP of engineering and developed its line of display processors targeted at the flat-panel market. LeMoncheck earned his BSEE from University of California San Diego and spent several years researching VLSI for imaging and pattern recognition applications during his graduate studies at Caltech.

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