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Silicon Optix announces the appointment of Dr. James L. Mannos as President.


San Jose, CA.—Silicon Optix, the leader in programmable video processors, announced today the appointment of James L. Mannos, Ph.D., to the position of President. He will report to Paul Russo, Chairman and CEO. Jim will drive the IC and OEM Box businesses, and play a key role in defining the company’s IC roadmap, as well as identify emerging large-volume IC opportunities for Silicon Optix’s broad technology platform, which ranges from trillion-operations-per-second video processors to geometry processing that will enable ultra-thin laser TVs and resolve brightness/color-uniformity issues in large-area LCD panels.

Mannos joins Silicon Optix with more than thirty years of executive and engineering experience, which includes serving as cofounder of four successful startup companies ultimately purchased by MIPS Computer, Broadcom, and Micronas. In addition to his high-level executive positions, Mannos has gained extensive experience in chip design and development related to image processing, graphics, broadcast-quality digital video, and complex video encoders and decoders.

Most recently, Mannos served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of WISchip International, which he cofounded in 2002. Prior to that company’s sale to Micronas GmbH in 2005, Mannos drove the development of its complex system-on-chip video encoder and decoder chips, secured more than $40 million in three rounds of venture funding, and grew the company’s revenue to approximately $22 million in four years. Prior to his tenure at WISchip, Mannos cofounded Maverick Networks, where he held the position of Vice President of Engineering from 1998 to 2002. In this role, he developed the back-end and software-engineering teams that resulted in high-volume ASIC design wins at every major networking company, including 3Com, Cisco, Nortel, Extreme, and HP. Maverick Networks was subsequently acquired by Broadcom Corporation.

Prior to co-founding WISchip and Maverick Networks, Mannos served in a number of high-level executive and engineering capacities with S3 Incorporated, Cornerstone Imaging, Abekas Video Systems, Sony Microsystems Company and FTL Inc. (purchased by MIPS Computer Systems).

“Jim has extensive executive experience and a proven track record of driving product development, revenue growth, sales and marketing, and corporate development. These attributes, coupled with his strong worldwide customer relationships and his dynamic entrepreneurial perspectives, will be of great value to Silicon Optix as we continue to grow our business,” stated Paul Russo, Chairman and CEO of Silicon Optix. “We are excited to welcome Jim to our executive team, and anticipate he will play an integral part in the future success of Silicon Optix.”

Mannos received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the recipient of the NASA Fellowship. Prior to receiving his doctorate, he earned his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both at MIT. He was awarded the MIT Fellowship, along with many other educational honors.


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