SOURCE: Discera

January 30, 2007 09:46 ET

Discera Names New Executives

Leader in MEMS Resonators Names CTO, Vice President of Engineering

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- Discera, Inc., a world leader in CMOS MEMS resonator technology and provider of next-generation timing solutions, today appointed MEMS expert, Wan-Thai Hsu, Ph.D. to chief technology officer and semiconductor veteran, Rob Sneddon to vice president of engineering. These executive appointments will enable the company to continue to extend its leadership in CMOS MEMS resonator technology and next-generation timing solutions.

"I am very happy to make these appointments as they will enable Discera to continue to build the market for its next generation timing devices," said Tom Willey, president and CEO, Discera. "Market reception to our timing components has been amazingly strong and we anticipate great growth over the coming year. Each appointment is a vital part of our growth plan and we are pleased to honor Wan-Thai with his promotion and welcome Rob to the Discera family."

Wan-Thai Hsu, who previously served as the company's chief science officer, is one of the pioneer researchers and inventors in the area of silicon and metal resonators. Part of his doctoral work led to the birth of Discera in 2001. Since then, he has built a strong technical team at Discera focusing on making silicon resonator oscillators a reliable commercial product. In his role as CTO, Hsu leads Discera's R&D team on resonator, filter, and system developments. He also serves as a principal investigator for multiple government-supported research programs on MEMS filters, system integration and MEMS reliability. Hsu received his bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees from National Tsing-Hua University and doctorate from University of Michigan, all in electrical engineering. Hsu has published more than 20 technical papers and spoken at multiple international conferences. He was recently named an "Innovator of the Year" finalist in the 2007 EE Times ACE Awards.

Rob Sneddon is a 30-year veteran of the electronics industry, leading several development programs to high volume commercial success. His early career was focused on semiconductor technology and analog mixed signal IC design with Plessey, National Semiconductor and Dialog. Subsequently, Sneddon went on to establish a successful IC design center for Ericsson in the UK, which was instrumental in development of early Bluetooth transceivers as well as other radio and mobile phone ASICs. Sneddon also served as director of Design Services EDA for Chartered Semiconductor. At Discera, Sneddon is responsible for design, development and qualification of products with a particular focus on the company's programmable clock synthesizer products. Sneddon earned a degree in theoretical physics and materials physics from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow.

About Discera

Discera is a fabless analog semiconductor company that offers tiny, high performance silicon resonators for the frequency and timing control markets. These resonators act as the heartbeat or pulse for a variety of devices from consumer products such as cameras and MP3 players to specialized equipment for the military. The company's PureSilicon™ resonator technology is a fundamental building block that offers, according to Semico Research, "a better mousetrap" for creating fully integrated, low cost, small form factor wireline and wireless products, such as oscillators, filters, and RF components. Unlike crystal-based oscillators, Discera's PureSilicon™-based CMOS oscillators can be integrated into other CMOS-based circuits. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Discera is a privately held company with investments from Ardesta, Partech, 3i, and Qualcomm Ventures. More information is available at

Contact Information