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Leadership Team Boasts A Rich Heritage of Memory Innovation

Based in Santa Clara, California, Crossbar, Inc. is led by George Minassian. The management and R&D teams include some of the world’s renowned technologists, with decades of experience in developing, manufacturing and marketing non-volatile memory technologies and solutions.

George Minassian, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. George Minassian has been a co-founder and CEO of Crossbar since 2010. A seasoned veteran of the semiconductor memory industry, Dr. Minassian brings Crossbar 25 years of experience in systems, logic design, new business development, and product development.

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Dr. George Minassian has been a co-founder and CEO of Crossbar since 2010. A seasoned veteran of the semiconductor memory industry, Dr. Minassian brings Crossbar 25 years of experience in systems, logic design, new business development, and product development. Over his extensive career, Dr. Minassian has a proven track record of developing commercially successful, leading-edge products.

From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Minassian held a variety of positions at Spansion, a leading innovator of Flash memory solutions, most recently as vice president of System and Software Engineering where he led the $1.2 billion Flash Memory business targeting the cellular wireless market segment. While at Spansion, he developed and established new industry standards in emerging technologies such as PISMO and achieved a successful track record for large-scale product development and management. From 1999-2002, Dr. Minassian was director of Wireless Engineering at Advanced Micro Devices, a microprocessor leader, where he developed the industry’s first CMOS RF process and complete 802.11b/a chipset and reference designs. Dr. Minassian holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sung Hyun Jo, Ph.D.

Vice President, Device & Advanced Technology, and Co-Founder

Dr. Sung Hyun Jo has been with Crossbar since 2010, where he leads the company's Device Engineering and Advanced Technology teams as a Vice President. He brings to Crossbar over 10 years of experience in nanoelectronics, advanced semiconductor processing and a track record of award winning research and development.

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Dr. Sung Hyun Jo has been with Crossbar since 2010, where he leads the company’s Device Engineering and Advanced Technology teams as a Vice President. He brings to Crossbar over 10 years of experience in nanoelectronics, advanced semiconductor processing and a track record of award winning research and development.

His key expert area includes emerging nonvolatile memory technologies, programmable logics and neuromorphic systems based on ReRAM (memristive) devices. He conducted the first demonstration of a hybrid memristive synapse/CMOS neuron system, which is highly cited in the field of neuromorphic systems. He also developed a 3D stackable high density crossbar memory – an integral part of Crossbar’s technology.

In recognition of his outstanding achievement, Dr. Jo has earned various technical awards including Human-Tech Award from Samsung, the Raith Micrograph Award for the scientific application of nanofabrication, and the MRS Award for ReRAM research.

Dr. Jo has over 80 issued and pending patents and his technical publications have been cited over 4000 times by peer researchers and engineers.

Dr. Jo earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was awarded Best EE Ph.D. dissertation. He received his M.S. from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and his B.S. from Yonsei University with early graduation with high honors.

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Sundar Narayanan, Ph.D.

Vice President of Technology

Dr. Sundar Narayanan has been vice president of Technology at Crossbar since October 2012 and oversees the development of the company's Resistive Memory technology. He brings Crossbar over 15 years of industry experience in technology development specializing in prototyping, commercialization, technology transfer, yield enhancement and Low Rate Initial Production.

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Dr. Sundar Narayanan has been vice president of Technology at Crossbar since October 2012 and oversees the development of the company’s Resistive Memory technology. He brings Crossbar over 15 years of industry experience in technology development specializing in prototyping, commercialization, technology transfer, yield enhancement and Low Rate Initial Production.

In 2011 as head of Engineering at SVTC Technologies, Dr. Narayanan lead a team of 70 engineers to develop diverse technologies that enabled the transformation of great ideas to revolutionary products for customers in the company’s San Jose and Austin facilities. He developed and organized the technology development process that took ideas from prototypes through the validated processes and to Specialty Production across multiple device platforms in memories, such as CMOS and NVMs (including SONOS, PCM, CBRAM, MRAM) MEMS, BioMEMS, Photonics and Energy.

Dr. Narayanan also ran the San Jose Fabrication facility as the Fab director for 2 years to improve operational and engineering efficiency to enable the transition from a captive fab to one where R&D and LRIP are done in parallel.

Prior to SVTC, he spent a decade at Cypress Semiconductor working on Process and Device Integration.

He has 14 issued U.S. and international patents and over 20 publications in journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Narayanan has a Ph.D. from Drexel University, and was a Visiting Scholar and Post-Doctoral Researcher at RPI, Troy, New York, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt from ASQ.

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Hagop Nazarian

Vice President of Engineering and Co-Founder

Hagop Nazarian is vice president of engineering and co-founder of Crossbar. He has over 25 years of semiconductor industry experience in leading new product and technology initiatives, directing design engineering teams, and in R&D Device and Reliability engineering.

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Hagop Nazarian is vice president of engineering and co-founder of Crossbar. He has over 25 years of semiconductor industry experience in leading new product and technology initiatives, directing design engineering teams, and in R&D Device and Reliability engineering.

Prior to joining Crossbar, Mr. Nazarian was vice president of Design Engineering at Spansion, where his local and global design teams successfully designed 65nm and 45nm MirrorBit NOR products. As the director of NAND Flash Design at Micron Technology, he formed the first NAND design team that developed 2Gbit - 16Gbit SLC and MLC NAND products on 90nm, 70nm and 50nm technology nodes. He also served as director of design at Information Storage Devices where his local and global design teams successfully designed mixed-mode analog products and DECT phone VoiceDSP products. As a design manager at Cypress Semiconductor, his design team architected and designed Cypress’s first CPLDs Flash based product line and 7.5nm FLASH PLD. Hagop also worked at Xicor as a senior designer and R&D device engineer developing non-volatile EEPROM memory cell technologies, and products.

Mr. Nazarian has 95 issued patents and 12 patents pending. His patents are related to PLD, CPLDs, NAND, NOR, MRAM, ReRAM technologies, and mixed mode programmable analog circuits and product architectures. He has 3 publications in journals and conference proceedings.

He received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

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Sylvain Dubois

Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Business Development

Sylvain Dubois joined the Crossbar management team in 2013 as Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development. With over 17 years of semiconductor experience in business development and strategic product marketing, he brings a proven ability to analyze market trends, identify new, profitable business opportunities...

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Sylvain Dubois joined the Crossbar management team in 2013 as Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development. With over 17 years of semiconductor experience in business development and strategic product marketing, he brings a proven ability to analyze market trends, identify new, profitable business opportunities and create precise product positioning that is in perfect sync with market demands to drive market share leadership and business results.

Prior to joining Crossbar, Mr. Dubois led strategic product positioning and market engagement for developing new products at Spansion. Responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and expanding the product portfolio, Mr. Dubois was instrumental in defining the Spansion Flash memory product roadmap.

From 2002-2006, Mr. Dubois was a System-on-Chip architect of OMAP application processors at Texas Instruments. Mr. Dubois was in charge of the architecture and technology roadmap of DRAM and Flash memory controllers, and developed strategic relationships with major DRAM and Flash memory suppliers.

Sylvain Dubois holds a Master of Science in Microelectronics from E.S.I.E.E. (Paris), University of Southampton (UK) and Universidad Pontifica Comillas (Spain).

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