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Avi Barel, Director

Avi Barel


Avi Barel is a veteran business executive with over 35 years experience in the high tech industry starting as a development engineer through executive in sales and general management positions. His experience varies from new product design and development thorough managing business units and worldwide sales, all of semiconductor based products such as wired and wireless communication and speech processing devices. His previous roles include Corporate VP Sales and VP & General Manager Multimedia Processor Division at DSP Group, VP & General Manager of Winbond/ISD Israel, and Business Line Manager at National Semiconductor.

He received M.Sc. in Computer Science as well as B.Sc. in Mathematics & Physics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Bob Osann


Osann is a veteran business executive with over 35 years of marketing, sales, engineering, and intellectual property experience. He was CEO at MeshDynamics, a leading wireless mesh equipment manufacturer, from 2004-2005. He was the founder and initial CEO of Lightspeed Semiconductor, the first Structured ASIC company, and also served as a Vice President at P-CAD, SunRise Imaging, Aptix, Prolinx, and JigSaw Tek. From 1987 through 1989 he was a key consultant at Actel. In 1981, he founded Assisted Technology, the first PLD software company, which merged with P-CAD in 1985.

Osann has domain expertise in FPGA/PLD/ASIC/DSP, wireless networks, smart phones, MEMS sensors and security solutions, streaming video, and IC packaging. He has a BSEE degree from Cornell University. He has 56 patents issued and 6 patents pending.

Daniel Loftis


Daniel is a physicist with over three decades of professional experience. Following his early career at academic institutions, he has worked in settings that include Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 100 companies.

Having been immersed in academic literature during his early career, Daniel developed a deep appreciation for patents while conducting prior art searches for a small but innovative Seattle-area company. He was subsequently employed by that client, for whom he provided technical evaluations of new inventions as well as writing and submitting provisional patent applications. Next, a role on the patent-management team at Grandis, a Silicon Valley non-volatile memory startup, allowed Daniel to gain further insight into the process of developing innovative ideas into solidly-documented inventions submitted as patent applications and ultimately secured as issued patents. Employed as a Principal Engineer at Western Digital Technologies from 2013 to 2019, his role coordinating the company's well-funded program for collaboration with academic research groups gave Daniel further opportunities to learn about the cycle leading from creative technology ideas to high-value patents.

Daniel's experience as a researcher includes a post-doctoral position at the joint CNRS - Université Paris-Sud solid-state physics center in Orsay, France. He earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Minnesota, preceded by a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. Daniel has two patents and over thirty professional publications.

David Harrison

Director Emeritus

Harrison has over 35 years experience in leading complex software development projects and developing advanced architectures. He was Vice President of Software at Cradle Technologies and Plus Logic. Harrison also held various senior Technical positions at Cirrus Logic, Xilinx, Teknowledge, ESL, Computer Sciences CSC, and Triad Computing Systems.

David developed and deployed the first computer system on a North Sea oil platform, the first CODASYL database management system, the first systolic processor, the first expert system that reasoned about 3-dimensional geometry, the first CPLD software that optimized for three-levels of logic and made multi-core technology contributions. At Xilinx, David was a key contributor to the highly successful 9500 series of products. David has 10 issued patents, primarily in the areas of computer architecture and EDA.

David received his Bachelor and Master of Arts in Natural Sciences in 1974 and 1978 respectively from Cambridge University..

Demetris Paraskevopoulos

Managing Director

Paraskevopoulos has been managing Nif/T, LLC, a boutique high tech business consulting firm, during the last 24 years. He has over 40-year experience in high tech development and management, in startup company environments as well as large corporations. His experience ranges from new product development and introduction, to extensive operational management in marketing and sales. In addition, he has extensive accomplishments in business development, strategic negotiations, and intellectual property management. His previous roles included General Manager of Tower Semiconductor USA, Inc. and VP of Business Development at an Internet related startup firm. Earlier positions were VP of Marketing and Sales at National Semiconductor and he held several senior management positions in technology management and operations at Xerox Corp.

He received a Sc.M. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University, an MBA in Financial Economics and Marketing from University of Rochester, and completed post-doctoral studies at MIT. Dr. Paraskevopoulos has 4 patents issued and over 40 professional publications.

He has participated in over 40 angel investments, including those through the Band of Angels of Silicon Valley, where he has been a member for 22 years. He has served, or currently serving, on eleven Boards of Directors.

Felix Rosengarten

Director & CFO Emeritus

Rosengarten has over 35 years of senior management experience in a technical environment with emphasis in all functions of the high tech industry, with significant emphasis over the last eight years as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of finance and all administrative functions. He has been responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, Human Resources, Business Systems and Information Technology, the Purchasing, Facilities, and Security Departments and various administrative matters including all legal interface, and patent management. In addition to the usual fiduciary responsibilities associated with the CFO position, he also has served as Assistant Secretary of the Board of Directors, coordinated with the Compensation Committee of the Board and active in the Audit Committee. He has directly participated as a CFO in equity financing through five preferred share series, two IPO's, a public offering, and a corporate merger.

Rosengarten received a BS (ChemE) from Cornell University, and an MBA from Villanova University.

Jacob Tanz

Director Emeritus

Tanz has spent over 32 years in a variety of executive high tech positions. Over the past few years he has been providing strategic consulting services to various high tech organizations. Jacob's experience spans the high tech landscape as President & CEO of Oren Semiconductor, to Executive Sales & Marketing positions with Libit Signal Processing. Jacob drove and led the acquisition of Libit Signal Processing to Texas Instruments in 1999 for $365M.

As a VP of Sales and Marketing at Terayon Communication Corp, Jacob contributed to the growth of the Broadband Communication though the promotion of Cable Modem technology. For 15 years at Intel Corp, he held various positions, from Corporate Business Development specializing in driving Broadband technologies deployment, to Product and Customer marketing positions for Intel's embedded processors and Intel's leading processor family the x86 (80486dx, dx2, dx4). Most of Jacob's early days at Intel were spent in the field working with PC, Military and various commercial customers.

Jacob holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

Kelly Brix

Director & CFO

Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant with a background in corporate/partnership taxation and assurance services.  In the role of Chief Financial Officer, Kelly brings over 15 years of diverse tax, accounting and business consulting experience from both private industry and the public accounting sector. Kelly has held the positions of CEO, CFO, COO and Director of Finance for entities in various industries providing a well-rounded background and proficiency in her scope of work.

Kelly received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University and a Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency from Santa Clara University.

Lloyd Nirenberg


Nirenberg has over 25 years experience in the electronics industry as both an engineer and an executive. In 1998, he co-founded IP Valuation, Inc. a firm that provides software for computing the price of Intellectual Property designs. IPV's MediciTM software applies the financial engineering theory of Real Options to solve the contingent claims associated with IP reuse. Previous to IPV, he was Director of Business Development at National Semiconductor, where he took technology acquisition and IP licensing deals from strategy through due diligence and closure. At National, he also served as Director of Strategic Marketing for Wireless Communications.

Nirenberg has General Management experience in packet switching (Tymnet, Inc.), satellite and digital radio industries (Avantek Corp.), and System Engineering expertise in digital signal processing and packet switching (Hughes, Aerospace Corp.). He has 8 IEEE papers published. He has a B.S. (EE) from the University of Michigan, and M.S.(EE) and Ph.D.(EE) degrees from UCLA.

Mammen Thomas


Thomas brings 32 years of local and international management expertise with technology-driven industries. This includes experience as President, CEO and founder of Propulsion Networks,Inc. President of Silicon Recognition, Director of product, test and reliability at DynaChip Corp.; Sr. VP technology and projects at Elan Microsystems; Director of technology and reliability at TFI, Inc. and Manager of Device integration at AMD; and Senior Project Manager at Keltron. His technical experience covers technology development, technology transfer, manufacturing, product planning, product marketing and project implementation. He has successfully raised multi-million dollar series A funds from venture during his tenure as President and CEO of Propulsion Networks. He has been involved in the implementation of multi-year technology projects with Sprague Electric ( Netherlands), Nippon Precision Circuits ( Japan), Pioneer Video Corporation ( Japan), IMP Microelectronics (US), ABB Haffo ( Sweden), and Austria Microsystems ( Austria). He is an inventor with over 38 patents in semiconductor technology, non-volatile technology, packaging, field programmable elements, large scale integration etc.

He is currently a General Partner Technology and Reliability at MEMTEK, LLC ( and Director of Thomas Mammen Associates. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of OSA.

Thomas holds a B.Sc. in Engineering (Telecom) from College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET), Kerala, India, an MSEE from Univ. of Michigan, and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Calcutta.

Manohar Ayyagiri


Manohar has over 20 years of experience in the high tech industry, with focus on semiconductor intellectual property. He has held various engineering, marketing and business development positions at Open-Silicon, MoSys Inc., Achronix Corp., Altera, Lightspeed Semiconductor, and Actel. He was at Open-Silicon from 2012 to 2015, where he was responsible for intellectual property business unit. Prior to that, he was involved in design, support, marketing, and licensing of various semiconductor IPs.

Manohar has extensive expertise in ASIC, FPGA, PLDA, networking, communications, memory sub-systems, interconnect technologies, high performance analog PHYs, and Electronic Design Automation (EDA).

He received a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering from University of Calicut, Kerala, India and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of South Carolina.

Peter Salmon


Salmon is a product developer and inventor with over 30 years of engineering and intellectual property experience. He has served as founder and CTO of several product development companies, including Santek, i-Blades, Salmon Technologies, and The Salmon Group.

Salmon has domain expertise in electrical, mechanical, and system engineering. As an expert witness, he provides litigation support or performs as a validity expert. He has developed several prototype printers employing thermal and electrostatic technologies. For smart phones he has developed roll-up mechanisms for displays and magnetic coupling for attaching custom blades. He has worked on new methods for roll-to-roll manufacturing. Most recently he has developed disruptive technology for water-cooled servers, leading to a power density of 1kW per cubic inch and substantial compaction factors. Additionally, he has invented methods for applying redundancy to high-performance electronic systems to achieve agile reconfigurability, workload adaptability, and graceful aging.

He is a life member of IEEE and has a BE from Auckland University, New Zealand. From Northeastern University he has an MSEE and a professional degree in electrical engineering. He has over 30 patents issued and several more pending.

Richard Moses


Richard Moses is a Professional Engineer and a patent and technology specialist, he has provided patent services for the past 10 years assisting Fortune 500 clients with patent assessment and monetization - including assertive licensing, brokering and portfolio management.

Richard is subject matter expert in semiconductor products and their use in the industry. Prior, Richard spent over 15 years working for leading semiconductor companies including IBM and Hitachi (now Renesas). His experience includes strategic program management, IC design, technical marketing and application engineering.  Richard started his career as a systems and hardware engineer with Philips Information Systems designing personal computers and enterprise communication systems.

Richard graduated with honors from Concordia University with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and is a member of the LES, IEEE and Professional Engineers of Ontario. He received the F.A. Gerard Prize, the EE Medal and scholarship from the National Research Council of Canada.

Robert Strain


Strain started his career in microwave physics, but entered the world of silicon in 1968 at Bell Labs, where he was responsible for contributions in MOS and CCD technology. He introduced major memory families at Harris Semiconductor and National Semiconductor, and he has been responsible for process development, product development and product management at Fairchild Semiconductor in addition to Harris and National. One of his major projects was guiding the design, construction and staffing of Fairchild's Nagasaki wafer fab, and he has been an internal technological consultant and strategist for all three semiconductor companies. He was also employed by Standard Telecommunication Laboratories (Harlow, Essex, England), and he has chaired international conferences on MOS interfaces and semiconductor manufacturing.

He has been consulting since 1999, and he has participated in Nif/T since 2000. In addition, he has provided expert advice in major lawsuits involving patents, trade secrets and manufacturing technology in the semiconductor industry. Currently, Strain's Nif/T work largely addresses intellectual property.

Strain received the BSEE, MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, and he has 32 patents, 18 publications and several conference papers.

Bob Osann, Director
Daniel Loftis, Director
David Harrison, Director Emeritus
Demetris Parskevopoulos, Managing Director
Felix Rosengarten, Director & CFO Emeritus
Jacob Tanz, Director Emeritus
Kelly Brix, Director & CFO
Lloyd Nirenberg, Director
Mammen Thomas, Director
Manohar Ayyagiri, Director
Peter Salmon, Director
Richard Moses, Director
Robert Strain, Director
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