Charlie Cheng joined Kilopass as CEO in October 2008 with overall responsibility for leading the company and its business growth worldwide. His career spans more than 10 years of experience in the semiconductor IP industry and an additional 15 years in the global technology marketplace. Prior to Kilopass, he served as vice president of marketing and international business at Faraday Technology, where he grew the Taiwan-centric company into an international presence. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Lexra Inc., an embedded RISC CPU IP company. Charlie began his technology career at General Electric and IBM, and pioneered in the semiconductor IP business as VP of Marketing at Aspec Technology. He also served in various technical and management positions at Iomega, Zycad and Viewlogic. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis on computer architecture and algorithms, from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He also completed the Executive Management Training Program on Leadership at Carnegie Mellon University, in addition to various other executive training programs.
Senior VP of Research & Development
Harry Luan has been with Kilopass since its inception in 2002. He has over 20 years of experience with a strong background in VLSI semiconductor process technology, integration, device engineering, product reliability, and product qualification. He is an expert in CMOS/NVM memory device physics, modeling, optimization, and characterization for technology development, yield enhancement, and failure analysis. Harry served for six years at Kilopass as Director of Technology Development before assuming the role of chief technology officer in May, 2009. Prior to joining Kilopass, Harry Luan held various technical and management positions at AMD, Hynix, Cypress, and Winbond. He made key contributions in research and development of non-volatile memory and logic technologies including EPROM, EEPROM, FLASH, SONOS, R-RAM, and CPLD. Dr. Luan obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Colin Bill has 26 years of experience in the semiconductor memory industry specializing in the design and development of leading-edge NVM products. He has led numerous successful Flash product developments including one of the first 3V-only Flash devices, BIST for Flash products, nitride-based NAND Flash and new RRAM technology. Before joining Kilopass, Colin has held various technical and management positions including Fellow at AMD and Spansion, specializing in Non-Volatile Memory. Most recently, Colin has been involved in design enablement responsible for embedded NVMs and 20/14nm analog IPs at GlobalFoundries. Colin is author or co-author of 57 patents and recently served on the ISSCC Memory Committee. Colin holds a Joint Honors degree in physics/applied-physics from Nottingham University in the United Kingdom and holds an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University.
VP of Sales
Linh Hong is VP of Marketing and Business Development at Kilopass responsible for Kilopass’ solutions globally. With 16 years of solid semiconductor industry experience – primarily focused on logic NVM IP, high-speed SERDES IP and broadband communication ASICs – Linh served for three years in various director and management positions in field applications engineering and applications marketing at Kilopass before assuming her current role in April 2009. Prior to joining Kilopass, she was a design consultant and design manager at LSI Logic, where she also served in various design and marketing engineering functions. She began her career as a component engineer at Sun Microsystems. Linh holds a BS degree with honors in physics, and an MSEE degree in electrical engineering, both from University of California, Davis.
Tracy Mah is Corporate Controller of Kilopass Technology responsible for operations in finance, legal and administration. Tracy has over a decade of wide-ranging finance and accounting experience at large private companies including communications equipment producer Exavio, Inc., semiconductor chip supplier Cortina Systems, Inc. and business services provider Accretive Solutions, Inc. Her extensive background will help Kilopass continue its next phase of expansion. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Michel Courtoy began his career in design and software engineering with seven years at Intel. He managed product marketing for layout verification software at Cadence Design Systems and held executive positions at Quickturn Design Systems, Osprey Design Systems (which he also co-founded), Aptix Corporation, and Frequency Technology. As vice president of marketing for Silicon Perspective, Courtoy created the market for silicon virtual prototyping and was a key player in the company’s acquisition by Cadence in 2001. He served as a vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Cadence until 2005 and then became President and CEO of Certess, a leading provider of functional verification tools for IC design. He led Certess through its acquisition by SpringSoft in 2009. He serves on the Board of Directors at Breker Verification Systems, Defacto Technologies, EdXact and X5 Systems. Michel holds a BSEE from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; an MSEE from University of California, San Diego; and an MBA from Santa Clara University, California.