Involvement in ground breaking developments in the semiconductor industry has defined Rod’s career to date. Starting at Motorola in the late 70s, then advancing his experience at Texas Instruments and through running Temic’s (now Atmel) UK operation, Rod had already gained both wide experience and an industry reputation, before he established GarField Microelectronics Ltd in 1994.
Now Managing Director of both GarField and Matrics, which the company acquired in 2006, Rod’s enthusiasm for seeking out leading-edge resolution of client issues has not dimmed. He remains committed to providing the industry with high quality silicon solutions, whilst enhancing GF Micro’s reputation as a totally reliable supplier and development partner.
• Worked on first 16bit microprocessors at Motorola
• Headed up TEMIC UK for five years
• 1994 Founded GarField. He identified a niche in the custom silicon market - one of the first companies offering an independent design and supply business
• 2006 Acquisition of Matrics - added analogue expertise and significant IP
• 2018 Overseeing the change from GarField Matrics into GF Micro and addition of a dedicated product design team
Business Development Manager
With over thirty years business development experience in leading edge electronics markets and applications, Richard’s broad knowledge and understanding of the Microelectronics industry is a valuable asset to GF Micro.
This skillset is critical when engaging in many challenging applications and brings the value of business knowledge to the development process.
Richard’s experience, nearly always starting at the design in stage, has been gained across a range of companies including Wolfson Micro, Sharp Micro and most recently at ams AG where he was responsible for Foundry Sales in Europe, covering design, fabrication and production of custom semiconductor devices.
Backing this up Richard has extensive experience relating to the design and manufacture of custom and standard semiconductors, working with several well-known brands. This knowledge is key to GFM’s ability to help and guide customers on key choices throughout the device development process.
After obtaining a first class MEng degree from Oxford, Mike has spent twenty years working at the leading edge of ASIC and SoC development. His technical leadership of advanced project developments for a range of clients meant that GF Micro were delighted to welcome him to the team in 2014. He is a keen member of the IEEE, and currently holds SC clearance.
Since joining us he has successfully managed the development of a diverse range of ASIC products with applications as varied as driver ICs for piezoelectric printheads and ultrasonic transducers, radiation detection, and satellite navigation.
Lead Analogue Designer
GFM’s lead analogue engineer for the past eight years, Phil has over twenty years experience of leading teams in analogue, mixed signal and custom digital projects.
He has responsibility for analogue ASIC development, across a wide variety of application areas including space, automotive, security and consumer products. His involvement runs from initial specification through to post silicon support and evaluation.
Phil’s PhD in ASIC electronics design, combined with his detailed understanding of analogue circuits within a mixed signal environment, has been pivotal to the realisation by GFM of a large number of successful ASIC solutions across a wide variety of applications.
Lead Digital Designer
Developing new and existing designs for many different market places and clients, Mark has acquired in depth experience of Mixed Signal ASICs across numerous applications including display, sensor backplanes and MEMS devices.
Leading projects from initial feasibility studies through specification, design and tape-out through to initial bring up and testing, Mark relishes the challenge of designing solutions to fit existing technology.
At every stage of chip development Mark’s approach is to challenge and refine designs so that our clients can be sure their requirements will be met with a ‘right first time’ solution.
Two decades of experience in sales and purchase management across the Manufacturing, Engineering and Automotive sectors, as well as involvement in marketing management, has given Kate the perfect experience to organise GF Micro’s high quality service delivery.
Responsible for QA, HR, and the management of our offices, Kate provides a cornerstone function linking our engineering and design functions with our wide range of customers.