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The Leaders of Spin Memory
Spin Memory has assembled a team of world leaders in magnetics, CMOS memory technologies, MRAM circuit and memory architects. Together we are creating the industry’s highest performance, fastest and lowest power MRAM technologies and devices for today and tomorrow.
Tom SparkmanChief Executive Officer
Tom Sparkman has nearly 35 years of experience across medical, automotive, semiconductor and wireless technologies. His extensive leadership roles include CEO of Samplify Systems, a startup delivering mixed-signal semiconductor and ultrasound solutions, where he raised over $25 million in capital. Additional career highlights include 19 years at various executive positions at Maxim Integrated Products, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales roles at Integrated Device Technology, and most recently, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Spansion, Inc., prior to its merger with Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Sparkman holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mustafa PinarbasiPh.D., CTO, Senior VP of Magnetics Technology
Mustafa Pinarbasi is a pioneer, innovator and technical leader in thin film technology, magnetic materials and spintronic devices. Before joining Spin Memory (previously Spin Transfer Technologies) in 2013, Dr. Pinarbasi was a CTO and SVP of Technology Development at SoloPower, Advanced Technology Department Manager at Hitachi GST and Distinguished Engineer at IBM. He spent the first 18 years of his career at IBM and HGST (formerly IBM, now part of Western Digital) as a leading technologist in magnetic materials, thin films and read head processing. At IBM, his accomplishments include the development of the giant magneto-resistance sensor that was used in the first GMR based hard disk drives in the world. This marked the first use of spintronic device for mass production. He also pioneered the adoption of ion beam sputtering technology into the read head production by the magnetic head industry. During the course of his tenure at IBM, he developed many innovative thin film processes and magnetic structures (AMR and GMR) and transferred them to production resulting in many industry leading HDD products. He led the development of tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) read head processing at Hitachi GST. He also led the development and introduction of the industry leading ultra-contiguous junction technology in the read head processing utilizing chemical mechanical polishing. At SoloPower, he led the development of CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-diselenide) based flexible and light weight solar panels and received World’s first product certification for both in Europe and the U.S. Dr. Pinarbasi holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an inventor with over 200 U.S. patents, has authored or co-authored over 35 scientific publications and has received numerous industry awards.
Les CrudeleSenior VP, IC Product Development
Les Crudele brings over 40 years of proven leadership and business management experience to his role at Spin Memory, with a lengthy track record of success in integrated circuit development and large-scale systems. Crudele’s career includes various executive and technical leadership roles. Highlights include positions as Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Semiconductor’s PowerPC RISC Microprocessor Division, and Vice President and General Manager of Compaq’s Workstation Products Division. In addition, Crudele held CEO positions at Banderacom, Transmeta and Azuray Technologies. Crudele received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and holds 10 patents.
Amitay LeviPh.D., VP, Memory Integration
Amitay Levi brings to Spin Memory more than 35 years semiconductor industry experience in advanced technology development of non-volatile memory. Prior to joining the company, Amitay spent several years at Crocus Technology as the Vice President of Technology Development, working on the development of TAS MRAM technology at TowerJazz and IBM. Before that, Amitay was instrumental in the success of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. (SST), where he served as Vice President of Embedded Technology. At SST Amitay was responsible for supporting technology licensing and developing Embedded SuperFlashTM technology for multiple foundries and IDMs. In an earlier position at SST as Vice President, Advanced Development, Amitay led his group in developing many generations of SuperFlash technology for stand-alone chip products. Prior to SST, Amitay held various engineering management positions at Xicor, Inc. Amitay earned an M.S. degree in Microelectronics and a Ph.D. in Material Science, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Jeff LewisSenior VP, Business Development
Jeff Lewis joins Spin Memory as Senior Vice President of Business Development, bringing extensive experience in the semiconductor IP and EDA industries, focusing on licensing technologies in the memory sector. Most recently, Lewis was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at SuVolta, Inc., where he directed the company’s licensing, and customer and market engagement activities, including their strategic partnership and ultimate acquisition by Fujitsu. Prior to SuVolta, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Innovative Silicon. Additional leadership roles include President and CEO of CiraNova, an EDA software company acquired by Synopsys, and Vice President positions at FormFactor, Artisan Components and Compass Design Automation. Lewis earned an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UC Berkeley.
Andrew WalkerPh.D., VP Product
With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Walker is widely known as a proven leader in the semiconductor industry, providing expert guidance specifically in the 3-D Flash memory technology segment. Dr. Walker has been particularly focused on 3-D Flash memory since 2000 and founded Schiltron Corporation to investigate and develop new 3-D memory technology. It was here that Dr. Walker built a prototype chip for high endurance 3-D flash. He worked for several major semiconductor companies including Cypress Semiconductor, Artisan Components and Matrix Semiconductor. Dr. Walker started and headed 3-D Flash research and development at Matrix Semiconductor, and built the world’s first thin-film transistor SONOS device for 3-D Flash memories. The fundamental elements of this device are now used in major forms of 3-D NAND. Prior to his work in Silicon Valley, Dr. Walker was with Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands from 1985 to 1994 where he headed their non-volatile memory research and development. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He holds over 50 U.S. patents, and is the author and co-author of more than 30 academic articles and a book chapter on Silicon-Based Thin-Film Transistor Nonvolatile Memories, edited by T.Y. Tseng and S.M. Sze.