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Management Team

Synapse Design is lead by a group of very focused senior executives and technologists who have come together with a common goal. Browse through their biographies to get to know them better and gain an appreciation of their high level of expertise and management prowess.

Satish  Bagalkotkar
Satish Bagalkotkar
President/CEO & Co Founder
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Mr. Bagalkotkar is President/CEO and founding member of Synapse Design. He has more than 18 years of senior management experience

Prior to founding Synapse Design, Satish was Senior Director of Engineering at Silicon Access Networks where he was responsible for development of the industry first 20GB router chips set. Satish pioneered the concept of a design factory for developing complex SOC s and ensuring first time silicon success every time. Previous to Silicon Access, Satish was responsible for development of four generations of micro-processors at HAL Computer Systems, leading to the acquisition of HAL Computer Systems by Fujitsu. Satish holds a MSEE from University of Louisville`s, KY

Devesh Gautam
Devesh Gautam
COO & Co-Founder
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Mr. Gautam co-founded Synapse Design in 2003 along with Satish Bagalkotkar and is responsible for Worldwide Operations and day–to–day management of the entire organization. He has a rich 17 year background in the design services space with roles in general management, sales and operations. Prior to co-founding Synapse Design, Devesh was in charge of sales and operations at Spike Technologies, where he was responsible for 75% of total revenue. He was also a key member of the executive management staff that enabled the Spike acquisition by Qualcomm.

Prior to Spike, Mr. Gautam was Director of Sales at RBM Control Systems. Devesh is a graduate of Bangalore University in Electrical Engineering.

Tom King
Tom King
Vice President of Business Development
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Mr. King brings over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership positions and a proven track record in creating and executing sales strategy to penetrate major accounts. Mr. King has an exceptional record of accomplishments in achieving aggressive design-win goals and building executive level relationships as a senior sales executive for leading technology companies: Semiconductors (Motorola, Fairchild, MMI and NEC); Electronic Design Automation (Cadence Design Systems and Monterey Design Systems) and Intellectual Property/Design Services (ARM, Qthink and eSilicon). Mr. King received his BS degree from Arizona State University.

Hem Hingarh
Hem Hingarh
Vice President of Engineering
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Hem Hingarh brings over 35 years of semiconductor and System industry experience. He brings product development and Engineering management leadership to Synapse.

Most recently Hem Hingarh was executive Vice President of Mosys Inc; responsible for worldwide Engineering and product development for High speed Embedded DRAM, Serial Memories, Display Driver memories, Embedded Flash memory and Mixed Signal SOC.

Before joining Mosys Hem managed large Engineering organizations at Hellosoft, Silicon Access Network, Sun Microsystems and National/Fairchild Semiconductor.

Hem began his career as a Design Engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor and over 18+ years managed R&D development at Fairchild Research center in Palo Alto and Product Lines at National semiconductor. For 6 years he was Director of UltraSparc and Java processors design groups.

Hem has over 22 patents and 60+ publications. He earned his MSEE degree from University of California at Berkeley and Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics Engineering from BITS India

Marco Brambilla
Marco Brambilla
Director of Engineering
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Mr. Brambilla`s strengths are his technical skills, his ability to build teams and to build respect and trust with the Customer; he was previously at STMicroelectronics, where in the last eleven years he has executed several projects, always at or with external customers, always taping out first-silicon successes and generating repeat business and increased customer confidence.

In 2004 Mr. Brambilla moved to San Jose, California, to open the local Design Center to support a major Networking Customer and support the sales / marketing team to present ST technology and IP offering to the customer.

Since 1999 Mr. Brambilla has executed Complex SOCs in the Wired Communication space, from specification to working samples, always with the then-new technology, often delivering to the customer their first silicon in a particular node.

Haoran Wang
Haoran Wang
Director of Engineering, Synapse Design - China
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Haoran has over a decade of international experience in the design of large scale SoC devices. Currently he serves in the role of director of engineering of Synapse China. In this role, Haoran manages entire China engineering force including teams at Shanghai and Shenzhen. Haoran also works closely with Synapse Design executive team and local sales to present, promote and expand Synapse Design local business. In addition to engineering and business leadership, Haoran also has the responsibility to manage local company day-to-day operation by working closely with US headquarter teams.

Before joining Synapse Design, Haoran serves as manager of silicon implementation of NXP Home BU/Conexant STB business line of over 200 million USD yearly. Many of the devices under his leadership are first time right silicon and massively deployed in various cable/satellite/IPTV boxes worldwide. Before NXP/Conexant, Haoran served as senior consultant for Synopsys Profession Service by engaging local customers to promote Synopsys EDA/flow solutions. Haoran started his career as customer circuit designer with IDT. Haoran earned his BS in physics from Peking University and MSEE from Purdue University, West Lafayette, US.

Sundar Raman Ramani
Sundar Raman Ramani
Associate VP of Engineering
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Mr. Ramani is the Assoc VP of Engineering at Synapse Design, based in the Bay Area of California where he manages various hardware VLSI teams.  Sundar has over 20 years of industrial experience and has a Masters Degree in Micro Electronics from NUS, Singapore. Sundar`s specialization is in physical design of complex CMOS SoC and has been actively engaged in building teams across the globe since 2004.

Sundar started his IC Design career at Hewlett Packard Singapore in 1996, working through the entire chip design cycle from RTL to post-silicon bring up. Sundar was a key member at QThink, a San Diego based service company and was responsible for building the QThink team in India. Prior to joining Synapse Design, Sundar worked as an independent consultant working for companies like Nokia, Beceem Communications and ST Microelectronics.

Praveen Acharya
Praveen Acharya
Senior Vice President – APAC
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  • Mr. Praveen Acharya comes with 28 years of work experience in Semiconductor domain. Prior to Synapse he was the Vice President & BU Head for Digital VLSI Services at Sankalp, Bangalore (i.e. Sankalp & KPIT Semiconductor Pvt Ltd). He was instrumental in the merger of KPIT’s SSG BU into Sankalp’ s Bangalore operations and establishing the Digital VLSI BU and the SEZ operations of Sankalp. He was an early member and initiator of the India Semiconductor Association (i.e. ISA, now IESA). He graduated from Anna University, Guindy in Chennai in 1986 with a BE Degree in ECE.