GaN Systems’ founders to retire

August 29, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
GaN Systems’ founders to retire
Girvan Patterson, president (left), and John Roberts, CTO (right), the co-founders of GaN Systems Inc. (Ottawa, Canada), have announced their retirement.

GaN Systems was founded in 2008, according to its LinkedIn entry and has grown to be a significant manufacturer of GaN power transistors and a supplier to more than 500 customers.

Patterson will retain a position on GaN Systems’ board of directors, while Roberts will remain available to the company as an emeritus contributor.

Prior to starting GaN Systems, Roberts and Patterson had extensive experience in the semiconductor industry as serial entrepreneurs. Roberts was founder and president of two Ottawa-based semiconductor companies, Calmos (later Tundra) Semiconductor, and SiGe Semiconductor. Patterson founded graphics workstation producer Orcatech, and co-founded Plaintree Systems, a pioneer in Ethernet switching.

"After 10 years of building GaN Systems into the premier purveyor of GaN transistors, it is time to transition leadership to the team that will take revenue to $100 million," said Patterson, in a statement.

"It is very satisfying to see our customers’ products – batteries charging in minutes instead of hours, Internet server racks with more terabytes per second of data, cars with extended range, and motors with tiny embedded electronics - all because of our transistors," said Roberts.

GaN Systems' CEO, Jim Witham commented in appreciation of the co-founders' contributions, saying the co-founders had built a robust product portfolio, established the supply chain, and signed on a world-class global distribution and support channel.

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