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Dr Rodger Sykes, Executive Chairman & CBO

Dr Rodger Sykes: Executive Chairman & CBO

Dr Rodger Sykes,
Executive Chairman & CBO

Rodger has a global background in high technology in both small and large companies. For the last 3 years he has focused on mentoring early stage companies and leading fundraising through Chairman and Board Director roles.
From 2006 to 2010 he was President and CEO of MMIC Solutions, a venture funded company focused on commercialising the mmwave frequency bands. He was a founder and CEO at SiConnect Ltd, a powerline networking company, and before that President and CEO at picoChip in Bath (UK), a cellular femtocell company. From 1990 to 2002 he lived in the US holding senior management positions with Texas Instruments, Philips Semiconductors and latterly with LogicVision Inc a Design Automation Software company including their $47M IPO in 2000.
Rodger has a PhD. in Device Physics and a BSc. in Electronics & Applied Physics from the University of Durham (UK).

Sowmyan Rajagopalan, Founder & CEO/CTO

Sowmyan Rajagopalan: Founder & CEO/CTO

Sowmyan Rajagopalan, Founder & CEO/CTO

Sowmyan founded Thalia Design Automation in 2011. He has been responsible and leading the development of disruptive EDA solutions and methodologies targeting Analog Migration, Analog Derivatives and IP On-Demand on. Sowmyan has been instrumental in the development of unique EDA capability in AMALIA - Analog circuit analysis, porting and derivatives framework.
Sowmyan has 12+ years experience in the design and development of Analog IPs, Analog EDA solutions and design methodologies . He championed the development of analog PMIC IP library and developed methodologies to improve the efficiency of the design process. He has developed several EDA solutions and has written several white papers on EDA methodologies at Micrel Inc.
Sowmyan received his M.S in Electrical Engineering specializing in Digital VLSI Design and & B.E in Electronics Engineering. He also has a background in Corporate Finance and Valuation.

Everard Mascarenhas, Non-Ex Board Director, Mercia Fund Management

Everard Mascarenhas, Non-Ex Board Director, Mercia Fund Management

Everard Mascarenhas, Non-Ex Board Director, Mercia Fund Management

Everard is Mercia Fund’s Board representative. He has successful created several early stage technology spin-out from Universities and commercial research labs, managing early business and providing advisory support for fund raising and M&A. He is an experienced CEO and commercial manager; his engineering career includes chip design & device development and hence brings a wealth of experience of growing early stage businesses and knowledge of the chip design industry to the Board.

Carl Griffiths, Board Observer, Finance Wales

Carl Griffiths, Board Observer, Finance Wales

Carl Griffiths, Board Observer, Finance Wales

Dr Carl Griffiths is the Technology Seed Fund Manager at Finance Wales. He received his PhD in Physics in 1992, then moved to BICC Cables Ltd as Principal Research Engineer Carl left BICC in 2000 and set up ORS Ltd, a manufacturer of optical probes for the semiconductor industries. He was MD for eight years, running the business and raising equity funding before becoming Investment Manager at VC firm Fusion IP plc. In 2009 he created Seren Photonics Ltd and was its CEO for seven years prior to joining Finance Wales. Carl now focuses on investing in IP rich Welsh technology ventures with the potential to be high growth companies. Carl has invested in a number of different technology sectors including engineering and software. With new and follow-on investment experience, Carl aims to develop lasting successful relationships with the businesses he invests in. Carl has worked with a number of commercial due diligence providers and co-investors and is adept at helping businesses shape and develop their ideas..


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Case Studies

Thalia Design Automation saved one of its customers 60% in design time and substantial costs, by generating a complete family of LDO variants from a single 20mA design.
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Thalia achieved design centering for intermodulation and power reduction of a low-noise amplifier solution with savings in project cycle time of more than 50%.
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We have successfully validated and tuned circuits such as

  • Amplifiers,
  • Bandgaps,
  • ADCs,
  • Regulators,
  • Oscillators,
  • LDOs,
  • LNAs,
  • PAs,
  • VCOs

We have consistently delivered designs with > 50% reduction to design schedule.

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