About Pharrowtech

Leadership team

Wim Van Thillo

Wim Van Thillo

Co founder - CEO

Is co-founder and CEO. Prior to founding Pharrowtech, he acquired more than 13 years of experience in mmWave R&D as researcher and later program director for imec’s activities in cellular, WiFi and mmWave transceivers. In that role, he was essential in shaping the R&D roadmap and business opportunities for emerging wireless technologies. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and a degree in business economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He was also a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley.

Carl de Ranter

Carl de Ranter

Co founder - VP Engineering

Is co-founder and VP Engineering. He brings more than 23 years of experience in analog RFIC design and management, and a passion to engage people in innovation with a focus on consumer electronics. After receiving his EE M.Sc. and PhD degrees at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, he joined RF Magic, an early phase RFIC Startup in San Diego, CA, where he became design manager and helped bringing the start-up to a merger and IPO. In 2013 he returned to Belgium at design services house AnSem (now part of Cyient) where he architected NFC & RFID ASICs for pre-IPO customers. Since 2015, Carl consulted for a tier-1 smartphone chip supplier where he started a new team that developped RFIC IP now shipping into flagship mobile phones.

Marco E. Bello

Marco E. Bello

VP Marketing & Product Management

Is VP of Marketing and Product Management. He has more than 20 years of experience in product management, marketing and business development in the very competitive broadband access semiconductor industry. In his career, Marco held increasingly higher leadership roles at GlobespanVirata, Conexant, Mindspeed Technologies, Broadcom/Avago, Cypress Semi, culminating at Lantiq where he was VP & GM of the Broadband Access Business Unit. Marco holds a BSc in Nuclear Physics, and a MSc in Computer Science from Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Technical leadership team

Guerric de Streel

Guerric de Streel

Co-founder & Member of Technical Staff

is specialized in analog and RF design in advanced CMOS technology with deep expertise in chip-package-antenna co-design for highly-integrated mmWave systems. Guerric holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Catholique de Louvain and was a visiting researcher at EPFL’s Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit lab.

Khaled Khalaf

Khaled Khalaf

Co-founder & Member of Technical Staff

Is a specialist in system and IC design for mm-wave wireless applications with more than 10 years of experience in mm-wave CMOS IC design R&D. As chip architect, Khaled led the development of imec’s latest generations of 60 GHz phased-array transceivers. He holds a MSc degree from TU Delft and a PhD from VUB in collaboration with imec. He worked with Scenario Design Services and spent 2 years at Infineon Technologies.

Qixian Shi

Qixian Shi

Co-founder & Member of Technical Staff

Is an expert RF designer with over 8 years of experience in mm-wave frequency synthesis and distribution for wireless transceivers and automotive applications. He was a key contributor to the first standard compliant 60 GHz transceiver prototype in imec and has been responsible for several projects with top-class industry partners. He is passionate about transferring research results into commercial products. Qixian holds an MSc degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a PhD degree with highest honor from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Pieter Vorenkamp

Pieter Vorenkamp

Independent Chairman of the Board

Pieter Vorenkamp is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Syntiant Corp. Earlier, Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president and general manager of the IP Group at Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS).

His career also includes nearly 20 years of leadership roles at Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO). Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president of operations engineering where his responsibilities spanned world-wide manufacturing technology and support of all hardware programs from inception through engineering samples into high-volume production. Prior to his operations role, Mr. Vorenkamp was VP & chief architect, Central Engineering developing core IP for use throughout Broadcom.

He started his career as a research scientist at Philips Research, developing high-speed data-converters.

Mr. Vorenkamp received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He is the named inventor of more than 125-issued U.S and European patents.

Pieter Vorenkamp

Independent Chairman of the Board

Pieter Vorenkamp is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Syntiant Corp. Earlier, Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president and general manager of the IP Group at Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS).

His career also includes nearly 20 years of leadership roles at Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO). Mr. Vorenkamp was senior vice president of operations engineering where his responsibilities spanned world-wide manufacturing technology and support of all hardware programs from inception through engineering samples into high-volume production. Prior to his operations role, Mr. Vorenkamp was VP & chief architect, Central Engineering developing core IP for use throughout Broadcom.

He started his career as a research scientist at Philips Research, developing high-speed data-converters.

Mr. Vorenkamp received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He is the named inventor of more than 125-issued U.S and European patents.

Investors

Imec.xpand is an early stage and growth venture capital fund with a game-changing approach to turn hardware driven nanotechnology innovation into successful global companies. The fund is independently managed by a team of entrepreneurs, seasoned venture capitalists and business experts and is targeting ambitious tech start-ups that meet all the criteria to become a successful, scalable venture with the potential to change the world.

Bloc Ventures, founded by industry veterans from ARM and Vodafone, is an investment company which targets early stage ‘deep’ technology companies, working with them closely to build world leaders. Structured to identify and build on compelling investment opportunities, Bloc’s collaborative approach creates long term value and mitigates risk for investors.

The KBC Focus Fund is a € 50 million venture capital fund that focuses on deeptech. The fund has the ambition to boost the sector of nanotechnology, microelectronics and IoT. It mainly focuses on Belgium and surrounding countries where well-known expertise centers in this technological area are located.

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