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Pharrowtech designs next-generation solutions for fixed-wireless access, wireless VR/AR and ultra-high capacity wireless links. It builds on more than 12 years of top-notch R&D performed at imec, the Belgian R&D powerhouse. Leveraging deep technical expertise in algorithm, chip and antenna design for millimeter-wave systems, it creates products with best-in-class performance, power and cost features.
Guerric De Streel
Member of Technical Staff
is specialized in analog and RF design in advanced CMOS technology with deep expertise in chip-package-antenna co-design for highly-integrated mmWave systems. Guerric holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Catholique de Louvain and was a visiting researcher at EPFL’s Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit lab.
Member of Technical Staff
is an expert RF designer with over 8 years of experience in mm-wave frequency synthesis and distribution for wireless transceivers and automotive applications. He was a key contributor to the first standard compliant 60 GHz transceiver prototype in imec and has been responsible for several projects with top-class industry partners. He is passionate about transferring research results into commercial products. Qixian holds an MSc degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a PhD degree with highest honor from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Member of Technical Staff
is a specialist in system and IC design for mm-wave wireless applications with more than 10 years of experience in mm-wave CMOS IC design R&D. As chip architect, Khaled led the development of imec’s latest generations of 60 GHz phased-array transceivers. He holds a MSc degree from TU Delft and a PhD from VUB in collaboration with imec. He worked with Scenario Design Services and spent 2 years at Infineon Technologies.
Wim Van Thillo
is responsible for strategy, business development and operations. He has more than 10 years of experience in 60 GHz R&D and program management as program director for imec’s activities in cellular, WiFi and mmWave transceivers. In that role, he was essential in shaping the R&D roadmap and business opportunities for emerging wireless technologies. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and a degree in business economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and was a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley.
Carl De Ranter
brings more than 23 years of experience in analog/RFIC design and management, and a passion to engage people in innovation with a focus on consumer electronics. After receiving his EE M.Sc. and PhD degrees at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, he joined RF Magic, an early phase RFIC startup in San Diego, CA, where he became design manager and helped bringing the startup to a merger and IPO. In 2013 he returned to Belgium at design services house AnSem (now part of Cyient) where he architected NFC/RFID ASICs for pre-IPO customers. Since 2015 he consulted for a major smartphone chip supplier where he started a new team that develops RFIC IP shipping into flagship phones.
Pieter Vorenkamp is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Syntiant Corp. Earlier, Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president and general manager of the IP Group at Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS).
His career also includes nearly 20 years of leadership roles at Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO). Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president of operations engineering where his responsibilities spanned world-wide manufacturing technology and support of all hardware programs from inception through engineering samples into high-volume production. Prior to his operations role, Mr. Vorenkamp was VP & chief architect, Central Engineering developing core IP for use throughout Broadcom.
He started his career as a research scientist at Philips Research, developing high-speed data-converters.
Mr. Vorenkamp received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente in The Netherlands.
He is the named inventor of more than 125-issued U.S and European patents.
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