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January 17, 2020 – Silicon Valley, California

Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, is pleased to announce that Dave French has joined the board of directors. Dave’s career has been built around a very broad set of experiences in virtually all aspects of research, design, manufacturing, marketing and business management within the semiconductor industry.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dave to our board. His expertise and deep experience in our industry is truly world-class, spanning a broad range of all aspects of building and growing semiconductor businesses. He has demonstrated a constant emphasis on coaching and development of some of the industry’s leading technologists as they have brought their ideas from early formulation to dramatic growth and financial success” stated Rick Lazansky, co-founder and Board Chairman, Silicon Catalyst.

Dave is best known for his nearly twenty year focus on the proliferation of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology and solutions as he led successful initiatives at Texas Instruments and later Analog Devices. In addition, as CEO he spearheaded the transition of Cirrus Logic’s business from a supplier of logic chips for personal computers to a profitable industry leader in mixed signal audio components and solutions. More recently Mr. French contributed to the financial success of NXP Semiconductors as Executive Vice President of its Mobile and Computing Business Unit, and later by leading numerous fruitful business divestitures in China. Dave is currently Chairman of Silicon Power Technology, a Sino-foreign joint venture located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, the first incubator in China dedicated to serving startups in the power semiconductor industry. Dave is also Vice Chairman of ASMC and on the boards of startup companies in the U.S., China and Israel.

“I am thrilled to join the board of directors of Silicon Catalyst, whose unique position has allowed it to play a pivotal role in furthering semiconductor innovation. I have found the leaders and advisors of Silicon Catalyst, as well as the entrepreneurs whose ideas are at the heart of their portfolio companies, a truly inspirational group of semiconductor executives and technologists committed to achieving breakthrough industry advancements,” stated Dave French.

About Silicon Catalyst
It’s About What’s Next® – Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. Close to 300 startup companies have engaged with Silicon Catalyst since April 2015, with a total of 26 startup and early-stage companies admitted to the incubator. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping new semiconductor companies address the challenges in moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with a path to design tools, silicon devices, networking, access to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions.
Companies in the incubator can now also apply for funding at the newly launched Silicon Catalyst Angels group, www.siliconcatalystangels.com


Richard Curtin
Silicon Catalyst