Epoch Microelectronics, Inc. is led by the experienced members of its Board of Directors. Providing critical insight into the analog, RF and mixed signal IC markets, business strategy and management, Epoch's board is committed to the growth and success of the company.

 

Aleksander Dec is the Vice President and Co-Founder of Epoch Microelectronics, Inc. Prior to founding Epoch, Dr. Dec conducted research at Columbia University on Microwave CMOS VCOs utilizing RF-MEMS devices. In addition, Aleksander Dec worked at Silicon Circuit Research Department of Lucent Technologies, Inc. on mixed-signal and RF IC design for GSM transceivers.

Dr. Dec has more than 13 years of experience in analog and RF IC design, including GSM & WCDMA cellphone, Satellite & Cable TV, WLAN, and audio applications. Dr. Dec has authored or co-authored 16 conference and journal publications, and holds multiple patents.

Aleksander Dec is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and holds B.S. (’93), M.S. (‘95), and Ph.D. (’98) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

Masao Hotta is a Professor at Tokyo City University, where he teaches on the subjects of high performance ADC, mixed signal LSI design and wireless systems. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Hotta was a General Manager of the Advanced Analog Technology Division of the Renesas Technology Corporation.

Dr. Hotta’s experience in the semiconductor field includes more than 27 years with Hitachi Ltd. He began his career with the Central Research Laboratory conducting research of high-precision monolithic D/A converters with resolution of 14 bits. His research continued into the development of high-speed A/D converters for video use and ultra-high speed D/A converters for high-definition display applications. At Hitachi, Dr. Hotta held positions that included Manager of the Advanced Device Development Department, Semiconductor Technology Development Center, Semiconductor and Integrated Circuits Division and Senior Chief Engineer & Senior Manager of Advanced Analog Technology Center, Semiconductor and Integrated Circuits Division. He brings extensive knowledge of RF power amplifier modules, RF transceiver LSIs, mixed signal LSIs, and advanced analog cores for SoC.

Masao Hotta received his M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) degrees in electronics from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. Dr. Hotta has served on the technical committees of CICC, BCTM, and ASIC/SOC Conferences, and he is a fellow of IEEE.

Nobuyuki Itoh is a Professor at Okayama Prefectural University, Okayama, Japan, where he lectures on the subjects of device physics, device modeling and telecommunication LSI design.

Dr. Itoh's experience in the semiconductor field includes more than 25 years with Toshiba Corporation. He began his career with the Research and Development Center conducting research of high-speed or high-frequency device technologies such as bipolar, SiGe BiCMOS, and advanced CMOS. His research continued into the development of high-speed and/or high-frequency circuit design such as ECL, optical receiver IC, and RFCMOS. From 1996 to 1998, he was a visiting scientist of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, ESTA-MICAS laboratory, Leuven, Belgium, where he had worked on design of fully integrated VCOs and PLLs using RFCMOS. He transferred to Semiconductor Company of Toshiba Corporation in 1998, where he had been engaged in the research and development of high-frequency analog circuits design. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Itoh was a Senior Manager of the System LSI Division. In 2010, he joined Department of Communication Engineering of Okayama Prefectural University, Okayama, Japan.

Nobuyuki Itoh received his M.S. (1985) degree in chemistry from Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan and Ph.D. (2006) degree in physical electronics from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Itoh has served on the technical committees of CICC, BCTM, ESSCIRC and RFIC Conferences, and has served a secretary of IEEE MTT-S Japan Chapter and a secretary of URSI-C Japan Committee.

Ken Suyama is the President and co-founder of Epoch Microelectronics, Inc. Prior to founding Epoch, Dr. Suyama served Columbia University as a Research Scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Suyama’s technical interests covers all facets of analog and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuitry including RF integrated circuits, data converters, CAD for switched-capacitor circuits, RF MEMS, etc. While pursuing his doctoral degree at Columbia University, he worked on CAD software called SWITCAP2 for simulation of switched capacitor circuits which is used in many companies and universities. Dr. Suyama has coauthored more than 50 technical journals and international conference papers and holds a few patents and patents-pending.

Dr. Suyama is also President of the Board of Trustees for the Catalyst Foundation, which fosters doctoral level inter-disciplinary university research that incorporates the area of electrical engineering. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).

Ken Suyama holds both M.S. (’82) and Ph.D. (’89) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1980.

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