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Michael Farese photo Michael Farese, PhD.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Farese, PhD. is a recognized leader in the handset and semiconductor business. Over the last 35 years, he has led and contributed to many aspects of wireless business for companies including Palm, Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia Mobile Phones, Tropian and WJ Communications. He also held management positions at ITT, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories. Mike has extensive experience in all facets of the business including responsibility for business strategy, product planning, product development, partnership strategies and equity financing. He has introduced some of the first GSM/TDMA Smartphones, developed ASICs for WCDMA/UMTS and been at the forefront of development of the latest multi-mode devices in the wireless industry.

Prior to BitWave, Mike was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Palm, Inc.; He had management responsibility for all engineering programs associated with new product development and product sustaining engineering. Earlier in his career, Mike was president and chief executive officer of WJ Communications and helped to build WJ into leading provider of semiconductors for the wireless industry. He has also served as president and chief executive officer for Tropian, a provider of cellular ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) for second-generation GSM cellular networks and third-generation UMTS/W-CDMA cellular networks. His other positions have included vice president and general manager at leading companies such as Motorola, Ericsson, and Nokia Mobile Phones. Mike’s activity at these companies included the introduction of some of the first GSM and TDMA digital smartphones in the industry. He also held management positions at ITT, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories. Michael Farese received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Michael Farese is also a member of the board of directors of QuickLogic Corp., PMC-Sierra, Inc., and Newfound Communications, Inc.

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Russel Cyr photo Russell J Cyr
VP, CMO and Co-founder
BitWave Semiconductor
Russ is a 20-year veteran of the wireless communications revolution. Russ is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder of BitWave Semiconductor. He and his colleagues have been designing the world’s first programmable Softransceiver platform for software defines radios. BitWave will begin shipping commercial product in 2008 into handset and Femtocell applications. This technology will change radio development by increasing end device flexibility while reducing time-to-market for multiple applications.

Prior to founding BitWave, Russ was Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Strategy for Global Communication Devices (GCD), the first company to develop a single chip CMOS radio for the WLAN market. He was Co-founder and VP of Marketing, Strategy and Business Development of Engim, a chip developer of multi-channel technology for WiFi infrastructure devices. He was VP and General Manager of Adaptive Broadband delivering Broadband Wireless Access infrastructure and CPEs. At Steinbrecher, Russ was responsible for the Strategy and Marketing of Steinbrecher’s SDR technology. There he brought to market the CityCell™, MiniCell™, CDPD base station and numerous high performance digital tuners for government programs.

Russ has published numerous articles and has been granted several patents in radio technology. He received his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Massachusetts and his MBA from Rivier College. Russ has also engaged in rather unique hobbies where he has raised freshwater shrimp and honeybees.

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Geoffrey Dawe photo Geoffrey Dawe
CTO and Co-founder
BitWave Semiconductor
Geoff is a 21 year veteran of the RFIC industry. Prior to BitWave, he was President, CEO and co-founder of Global Communication Devices. Geoff was instrumental in setting the corporate vision, team building, fund raising as well as in the development of GCD•s unique RFIC CMOS technology. Throughout his career, he has brought multiple complex RFIC products, in various enabling technologies, to the mass markets. These markets include GSM, GPS, WLAN, PHS, CDMA and others.

Immediately prior to joining GCD, he was the Founder and President of GHz Circuit Design, Inc. an RFIC design services business that quickly established a reputation for excellence in RFIC product development. Geoff has also held positions at Analog Devices, M/A-COM and Alpha Industries.

He is a past President of the Central New England Chapter of the IEEE MTT-S Society and a member of several IEEE conference technical program committees. Geoff has also been a featured speaker and panelist at a number of industry events and is an author/co-author of over 35 publications in the field of RFIC technology. He has one issued patent and several others pending. Geoff received a BSEE from Norwich University.