Board of Directors
Managing Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital
Diosdado P. Banatao has served on our board of directors and as chairman of our board of directors since December 2000 and served as our Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2006 to August 2007. Mr. Banatao has been a Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a venture capital firm, since July 2000 and served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Ikanos Communications, Inc. from April 2010 to August 2010. From April 2008 to June 2009, he also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., which was acquired by CSR plc in June 2009. Prior to forming Tallwood, Mr. Banatao was a venture partner at Mayfield Fund from January 1998 to May 2000. Mr. Banatao co-founded three technology startups: S3 Incorporated, Chips & Technologies and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor Corporation, Seeq Technologies, Intersil Corporation and Commodore International. Mr. Banatao currently serves on the board of directors of Ikanos Communications, Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of SiRF Technologies Holdings, Inc. from 1995 to 2009 and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. from 1995 to 2003. He has also served on the board of directors of various privately held companies in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Banatao holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Banatao’s background as a technologist, as well as a senior manager of, board member of, and investor in numerous semiconductor companies provides a diversity of experience for his service on our board of directors. The companies with which he has been involved range from start-up companies to very large public corporations.
Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital
Nicholas E. Brathwaite is a founding Partner of Riverwood Capital, a growth equity, middle market technology investment firm with investments in Asia, Latin America and the United States. Mr. Brathwaite has been involved with semiconductor companies, hardware development and electronic services (including manufacturing) since 1986.
Mr. Brathwaite served as the Chief Executive Officer of Aptina Imaging Corporation for approximately two years and is currently its Chairman of the Board.Prior to Aptina, he joined Flextronics International Ltd. in 1995 as its Vice President of Technology and then from 2000 to 2007 served as its Chief Technology Officer. Flextronics acquired nChip, where Mr. Brathwaite held the position of Vice President and General Manager of operations from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Brathwaite also spent six years with Intel Corporation in various engineering management positions in technology development and manufacturing.
Mr. Brathwaite has served as a director of Power Integrations since January 2000 and as a member of the board of Lighting Science Group since April 2011. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Tessera Technologies, Inc., from February 2008 until May 2011 and of Photon Dynamics, Inc. prior to its acquisition in 2008.
Mr. Brathwaite received a B.S. in Applied Chemistry from McMaster University, and an M.S. in Polymer Science & Engineering from University of Waterloo. He has also completed the Wharton Executive Education Training Program on Corporate Governance.
Dr. Chenming Hu
University of California, Berkeley, EECS, Professor of the Graduate School
Dr. Chenming C. Hu has served on our board of directors since August 2010 and currently serves on the compensation committee. Since 1976 Dr. Hu has been a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, and since 2010 he has been the TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Graduate School. From 2001 until 2004, Dr. Hu was the Chief Technology Officer at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Dr. Hu has served on the board of directors of Ambarella, Inc. and Fortinent, Inc. since 2012, and SanDisk Corp. since 2009. He previously served on the board of directors of FormFactor, Inc. from 2009 to 2010 and MoSys, Inc. from 2005 to 2010, and was the founding board chairman of Celestry Design Technologies, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 2002. Dr. Hu is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academia Sinica. Dr. Hu received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Hu’s background as an academic in electrical engineering and computer science provides a diversity of experience for his service on our Board and valuable insight into our industry.
Dr. David Liddle
Dr. David Liddle joined U.S. Venture Partners in January 2000, after retiring as president and CEO of business incubator, Interval Research Corporation. Prior to co-founding Interval, Dr. Liddle founded and served as CEO of Metaphor, which was acquired in 1991 by IBM, where he became Vice President of Business development for IBM Personal Systems. Dr. Liddle’s extensive experience in research and development includes 10 years at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and as head of the System Development Division (SDD). He has been a director of Sybase, Broderbund Software, Borland International and Ticketmaster, and is currently on the board of the New York Times Company. His board involvement at USVP also includes Electric Cloud, Instantis, Karmasphere, Klocwork and Optichron and, previously, MaxLinear.
Dr. Liddle earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and an MSEE, MSCS, and Ph.D. at the University of Toledo, where his dissertation focused on reconfigurable computing machines. His contributions to human-computer interaction design earned him the distinction of Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art. He has served as a Consulting Professor of EE and also of CS at Stanford.
Dr. Liddle has served on the DARPA Information Science and Technology Committee and as chair of the NAS Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). In addition, he recently chaired the CSTB study on Wireless Technology Prospects and Policy Options. He has served on the boards of the Colleges of Engineering at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Toledo and previously chaired the board of the Santa Fe Institute. He is currently on the boards of the SETI Institute and the Public Library of Science (PLoS), an open access online science and medicine publishing organization.
Dr. Bruce McWilliams
President and Chief Executive Officer, Intermolecular
Dr. McWilliams is President and Chief Executive Office of Intermolecular. He was the CEO of SuVolta, Inc., a developer of low-power, high-performance integrated circuit technology. Dr. McWilliams also served as a director of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRA) and was its CEO from 1999 to 2008. His management experience includes a senior vice president role at Flextronics International, a position he assumed upon Flextronics’ acquisition of nCHIP, Inc., a multi-chip module packaging company he co-founded and led as CEO. Dr. McWilliams also founded and was CEO of S-Vision, a silicon chip-based display company. He is also a trustee and member of the executive committee of Carnegie-Mellon University. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Vice President, Google
Elissa Murphy is currently a Vice President at Google. Most recently, she was the CTO and EVP of Cloud Platforms at GoDaddy. Ms. Murphy previously served as Vice President of Engineering at Yahoo! where she oversaw the world’s largest private Hadoop cluster, a technology essential to massive-scale computing that is the basis of big data today. Prior to her time at Yahoo!, Ms. Murphy spent 13 years at Microsoft in various engineering positions including High Performance Computing and the Cloud. She was also part of the original team responsible for Microsoft's shift to the Cloud, which led to the creation of Azure. Ms. Murphy began her technology career designing and building many of the best-selling computer security and system utilities with 5th Generation Systems, Quarterdeck and the Norton Group, a division at Symantec responsible for Norton Antivirus and other Norton products.
Ms. Murphy brings expertise in global-scale platforms, big data and predictive analytics. She currently has 29 patents issued and more than 10 patents pending in the areas of distributed systems, cloud, machine learning and security.
William J. Ruehle
Mr. Ruehle joined the Inphi Board in 2017. He had been CFO of ClariPhy Communications, Inc. from 2015 until its acquisition by Inphi in late 2016. From 2007 to 2015 he advised a number of technology companies on financial strategy and operations. Previously, he joined Broadcom Corporation in 1997 when it was at a $20 million annual revenue run rate, took them through a very successful IPO and hyper growth to a $1 billion revenue level in 2000. When he left Broadcom in 2006 the company was the leader in broadband communications semiconductors with revenues of $3.6 billion, a market cap in excess of $20 billion and listing on Nasdaq. In 1987 he became CFO of SynOptics Communications, Inc. as employee #30 in a company with a $2 million annual revenue run rate. He led the very successful IPO in 1988 and the merger with Wellfleet in 1994 that created Bay Networks. When he left Bay in 1997 it had grown to $2 billion in revenue, a multi-billion dollar market cap and a listing on the NYSE. He holds a BA in Economics from Allegheny College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sam S. Srinivasan has served on our board of directors since June 2007, and as lead director since February 2011. Mr. Srinivasan is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Health Language, Inc., a leader in the development, delivery and marketing of software that reduces the complexity of incorporating medical vocabulary and coding standards into healthcare information technology applications. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Health Language, Inc. from May 2000 until November 2001 and Chairman from May 2000 until March 2002. He also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cirrus Logic, Inc. from November 1988 to March 1996. Prior to this, he served as Director, Internal Audits and subsequently as Corporate Controller of Intel Corporation from May 1984 to November 1988. Mr. Srinivasan previously served on the board of directors of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. from 2004 to 2009, Centillium Communications, Inc. from 2006 to 2008, and Leadis Technology, Inc. from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Srinivasan holds a B.A. in commerce from Madras University, India and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.
Dr. Ford Tamer
President and CEO, Inphi Corporation
Dr. Ford Tamer serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Tamer brings to Inphi over 20 years of experience building successful technology businesses, with particular expertise in the semiconductor sector. Prior to joining Inphi, Dr. Tamer served as CEO of Telegent Systems, Senior VP and General Manager of Broadcom's Infrastructure Networking Group, which he grew to $1.2 billion in revenue in five years, CEO of Agere Inc. which was acquired by Lucent Microelectronics, and VP at Agere Systems. Dr. Tamer was also a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he assisted in the growth of cleantech and IT businesses. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Sentons Inc. Dr. Tamer holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering from MIT.