Founder, President and CEO
Mr. Sartore was executive vice president and on Simtek’s board of directors before he became President of AgigA Tech, a subsidiary of Simtek. In September 2008, Simtek was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Sartore spearheaded Simtek’s new product initiatives bringing innovative ways to apply Simtek technology to new and larger markets. He has more than 40 years experience in the computer and semiconductor fields, most recently serving as a Vice President for Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Sartore was also the Founder, CEO and President of Anchor Chips, an early market leader in USB controllers, which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in 1999. Prior to that, he co-founded Cheetah International, where his product designs received worldwide acclaim for ingenuity and technological advancement. Mr. Sartore also served engineering leadership and product definition roles at AMCC, Inmos, and Texas Instruments. He currently holds 34 U.S. patents and obtained a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development
Mr. Chang joined the AgigA Tech team in March 2010 as our Vice President of Marketing. He has provided strategic direction in senior marketing roles in both start-up and public company environments. Mr. Chang has managed product portfolios that span multiple end markets including PC, consumer electronics, mobile handsets and operator-class communication systems. He was previously the Senior Director of Marketing at Entropic Communications (since acquired by Maxlinear), a leading fabless semiconductor company in the development of home networking solutions. Prior to Entropic, Mr. Chang was Vice President of Marketing at Staccato Communications, where he helped establish the company as a leader in Ultrawideband (UWB) and Wireless USB solutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chang spent over 7 years at Cypress Semiconductor where he held various roles in marketing and business management. As the Business Unit Director of the USB Product Line at Cypress, he helped grow the business from its early stages to the industry leader in USB controllers. Mr. Chang is also the co-chair of the NVDIMM Special Interest Group and has been instrumental in the expansion of NVDIMM technology into a standard product category now being adopted by leading OEMs of server and storage platforms worldwide. Mr. Chang holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Harmel has over 25 years of experience in various roles ranging from marketing and business management to operations. He joined us from Cypress Semiconductor, where most recently he worked as Vice President of the Optical Navigation System business. Prior to that, Mr. Harmel ran the Programmable Clocks and High-Speed USB business units where product shipments exceeded 1 million units per week. In these senior business roles for Cypress, he had responsibility for the P&L, operations, product development, and business strategy. Earlier in his career at Cypress, Mr. Harmel spent 9 years working in the SRAM division running marketing, business development, applications and product development. He has been awarded two US patents and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO).
Site Director, AgigA Tech Chengdu R&D Center
Mr. Li is one of AgigA Tech’s earliest employees, having joined the company in December 2007. He has over 20 years of experience in technical development and management roles. As the Site Director of our Chengdu R&D Center, he has built and led the team that developed the industry’s first NVDIMM products. Prior to joining AgigA, Mr. Li was the Technical Development Manager at Conexant where his team focused on the software development of Digital TV products. He has also spent time as the Technical Development Site Director of Sichuan Jinren Tech, a startup company based in Chengdu focusing on IPTV set-top box solutions. Prior to that, he was the Technical Development Manager at Sichuan Cable Networks. Mr. Li earned his bachelor’s degree in CAD/CAM from Northwestern Polytechnic University.