Kilopass Technology Names Former Synplicity CEO as President and COO

10/6/2004 - Kilopass Technology, Inc., an emerging leader in the area of embedded non-volatile memory technology, announced that Bernie Aronson, former Chief Executive Officer of Synplicity Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), has joined Kilopass as President and Chief Operating Officer.

"We are very fortunate to add Bernie to our executive team at this time," said Dr. Jack Peng, founder and CEO of Kilopass Technology. "Mr. Aronson is a proven business leader and a successful serial entrepreneur who has grown great companies from start-up to IPO. We are delighted to add such leadership and experience to our team. Bernie will help us grow our business and accelerate the adoption of our memory technology into designs created for high volume products."

"I have confidence that the experienced executive team in place at Kilopass and its silicon-proven memory technology will make the challenge of growing this company easier," said Aronson. "Together, we will achieve and lead the efforts and initiatives needed to meet our customers' requests. I am impressed by the list of world-class licensees the company has established in a short period of time, and look forward to working with the team to take the company to the next level."

About the Kilopass Executive Team
Prior to joining Synplicity and taking the company public in 2000, Mr. Aronson was senior vice-president and co-general manager of the EPIC Technology Group at Synopsys, Inc. Before Synopsys, Mr. Aronson was president of EPIC Design Technology, Inc., where he took the company through a successful initial public offering in 1994. Mr. Aronson holds a BSEE from the City University of New York.

Dr. Jack Peng, founder and Chairman of Kilopass Technology, has over 23 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with 15 years specialized in the field of FLASH, EPROM, and FPGA development. Before founding Kilopass, Dr. Peng was Senior Manager of Technology Development at Actel Corporation where he was in charge of developing FLASH-based FPGA technology. Dr. Peng holds a MS and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Parks, and a BS degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China.

Charles Ng, Vice-President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing, has more than 21 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Kilopass, Mr. Ng held senior management and executive-level positions with Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Compass Design Automation, and VLSI Technology Inc. Mr. Ng was the key contributor in establishing and expanding the business for these companies in North America, Japan, and Asia Pacific. He graduated from California Institute of Technology with a Master degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering, and he also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Fliesler, Vice-President of Engineering, has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with 20 years specialized in the field of FLASH, EPROM, and EEPROM development. Mr. Fliesler was Flat Panel Display Director of Design at National Semiconductor. Prior to National, he was Director of Engineering Services at AMD. Mr. Fliesler received the BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

About Kilopass
Kilopass Technology, Inc. was founded with the mission of becoming the industry leader in embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) technology. The Company's super-permanent memory technology is manufactured using standard commercial CMOS process and is used for storage of firmware and security codes.

The company is headquartered at 3333 Octavius Dr. Suite 101, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA
For more information, please visit, call (408) 980-8808 or email

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