San Mateo, Calif.-based Quantance Inc., a venture-backed semiconductor startup, has named George Palmer vice president of operations. Palmer was previously vice president of operations for Pixim Inc., a producer of video CMOS image sensors. Quantance is backed by investors including TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
Quantance Inc., manufacturer of ultra-fast, 4G/LTE envelope tracking (ET) power supplies, today announced that semiconductor industry veteran George Palmer has been hired as vice president of Operations. Palmer will lead Quantance’s production of its Q845 ET power supply, as well as several other products that leverage the company’s patented qBoost™ ET technology, which dramatically improves data speeds and battery life for smart phones, tablets, data cards and other high-speed mobile data devices. The Q845 is slated to enter full-scale production during the fourth quarter of 2012 in response to a recent contract win with a major customer, as well as other design-in activity as it moves from sampling to widespread incorporation in 4G/LTE consumer devices.
“We are excited to have George join our team and help drive our ability to deliver mass-market volumes,” said Vikas Vinayak, Quantance’s CEO and co-founder. “His 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry – including significant executive experience driving fast production ramp-ups – will be pivotal to Quantance’s success, both in our impending launch of the Q845 and other qBoost-enabled products slated to begin production next year.”
Before joining Quantance, Palmer was vice president of Operations for Pixim, Inc., a producer of video CMOS image sensors. He also served in similar roles at SiBEAM (60 GHz RF devices), PortalPlayer (iPod controllers), Bermai (Wi-Fi chipsets) and Quantum3D (real-time simulators). For more than five years, Palmer was a product development and operations consultant to a number of emerging companies in the hardware, software, network processor, video server and content businesses.
“Quantance has a very innovative product that delivers industry leading ET performance in a tiny chip footprint,” said Palmer. “I’m thrilled to set up production of the Q845, since it sets the standard for performance and integration simplicity. And I look forward to bringing our follow-on and roadmap products to mass market production as well.”
Earlier in his career, Palmer spent almost 10 years at National Semiconductor Corporation, rising from P&L manager in the microprocessor division, to operations management in personal computer products, to general management for Ethernet systems and digital video products. He started his career at Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, where he progressed from an entry-level process engineer to division level management in the discrete, analog and microprocessor divisions.
Palmer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Quantance, a venture-backed semiconductor startup based in Silicon Valley, was founded to build the industry’s fastest power supplies. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.