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5 October 2015

GlobalFoundries names Bami Bastani as senior VP of RF business unit

GlobalFoundries of Santa Clara, CA, USA (one of the world's largest semiconductor foundries, with more than 250 customers and operations in Singapore, Germany and the USA) has appointed Bami Bastani as senior VP of its Radio Frequency (RF) business unit. 

With the acquisition of IBM's Microelectronics Division in July, GlobalFoundries says that it has solidified its technology position in wireless front-end module solutions. The firm has significantly broadened its existing high-voltage CMOS and RF MEMS technologies with differentiated RF silicon-on-insulator (RFSOI) and high-performance silicon germanium (SiGe) technologies geared to enable complex RF switches, high-performance power amplifiers, and integrated front-end applications in mobile devices.

With more than 35 years of high-tech, semiconductor and RF experience, Bastani will focus on delivering the next generation of GlobalFoundries' RF roadmap. He will look to capture further opportunities in the automotive, home and growing Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Bastani will lead a team with a history of providing high-performance solutions that address the increasing complexity of mobile radio devices.

"Bami is an experienced executive with deep knowledge of the RF industry," comments GlobalFoundries' CEO Sanjay Jha. "He brings to GlobalFoundries years of leadership and management capabilities that will enable us to grow our RF business," he adds. "Bami has been part of the semiconductor industry for several decades, and his experience spans beyond RF to wafer manufacturing operations and market growth strategies."  

Prior to joining GlobalFoundries, Bastani was president, CEO and board member of global enterprise-grade Wi-Fi networks solution provider Meru Networks from 2012 to earlier this year. He transformed Meru from a hardware company to a solution provider with emphasis on software, software-defined networks (winning the 2015 SDN Excellence Award) and subscription cloud offering (WaaS). He brought a vertical market strategic focus to the company, allowing it to broaden its offerings and customer base. 

Before that, Bastani served in president & CEO as well as board member roles in the mobility, consumer, and broadband markets. These include president and CEO roles at Trident Microsystems Inc and Anadigics Inc. Bastani also served in executive positions at Fujitsu Microelectronics, National Semiconductor and Intel Corp.

Bastani earned his Ph.D. and MSEE in Microelectronics at Ohio State University. He holds three US patents, has several publications on semiconductor technology, and has given several invited keynotes on topics of innovation and corporate management.

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GlobalFoundries completes acquisition of IBM Microelectronics


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