ANALOG COMPUTATION IS BACK

NEWS

We are pleased to announce that Mentium has joined the Silicon Catalyst Incubation program! Silicon Catalyst is the world's only Incubator focused on accelerating companies focused on silicon solutions.  (7/31/2019)
Read more about it here

WHAT

Artificial Intelligence is here, not only to stay, but to change our world. A long time ago Humans invented the wheel to move faster and to help relieving their muscles by heavy jobs. Today we, Humans, are shaping and developing the AI, to help our most important muscle, the brain, to go further and open new unthinkable landscapes, new opportunities and new jobs. Mentium has the technology to bring ultra-fast AI to low power electronics, like cameras, sensors, microphones, wearable accessories, and bringing the performances of autonomous vehicles and AI cloud computing to a whole new level.

WHY

TECHNOLOGY

Our architecture is based on Non-Volatile Memory devices used to carry out analog in-memory computation, eliminating the memory transfer bottleneck and exploiting the inherent efficiency of analog computation. Analog computing is an old concept abandoned a long time ago due to its troubles dealing with variations and noise, leading to low precision computation. Mentium Technologies Inc. solved these issues and our technology showed incredible resilience to temperature and device variations: we are able to deliver extremely fast and efficient AI computation.

TEAM

Dr. Mirko Prezioso
Dr. Mirko Prezioso
CEO
Dr. Farnood Merrikh Bayat
Dr. Farnood Merrikh Bayat
CTO
Mark Ross
Mark Ross
VPoE
Paul Pickering
Paul Pickering
Marketing and Sales
Prof. John Bowers
Prof. John Bowers
Board Member
Jim Hogan
Jim Hogan
Board Member
Dave Corbin
Dave Corbin
Advisor
Prof. Dimitri Strukov
Prof. Dimitri Strukov
co-founder
Prof. Konstantin Likharev
Prof. Konstantin Likharev
co-founder
Dr. Mirko Prezioso

Dr. Mirko Prezioso

CEO

Mirko co-founded and led Mentium in the first three years during technology development and de-risking.
He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Parma University, Italy. He worked at National Research Council in Bologna on the spintronic-memristive effects in organic materials and then moved to the University of California in Santa Barbara where he joined the Prof. Strukov’s group to pursue his interests in memristive systems.
Mirko's background is in theoretical condensed matter physics, he has a long experience in experimental semiconductor physics, device fabrication and their simulation.
With an extensive experience in neuromorphic computation and Neural Networks, he was the lead scientist for the first demonstration of neuromorphic hardware based on integrated memristors.

Dr. Farnood Merrikh Bayat

Dr. Farnood Merrikh Bayat

CTO

Farnood is the leading technologist behind Mentium's products and certainly one of the maximum expert today in neuromorphic computational architectures. He posses a very deep understanding both from the hardware design and Neural Network architectures point of views.
He received his M.Sc. and first Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. He then joined the Computer Engineering Department of University of California Santa Barbara to earn his second Ph.D. where he later served as a Postdoc for two years. Farnood worked in the fields of signal processing, fuzzy logic, approximate computing, analog circuit design, nanoelectronics and neuro-fuzzy computing systems but his current research interests are in the design and hardware implementation of high-performance deep neural networks and neuromorphic systems based on nanoelectronics memory devices such as memristor and floating-gate (flash) transistor. Notably, he was the lead scientist for the first successful demonstration of large-scale neural network hardware based on integrated floating-gate transistors.

Mark Ross

Mark Ross

VPoE

Mark has been at the center of the Silicon Valley business and technology world for years working for companies like Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), NeXT, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, Cypress Semiconductor and Dell. Mark was directly responsible for shipping five systems for the communications and computation markets that contributed over $1 billion in revenue each. 
  
At Cisco, he pioneered the development and use of ternary content-addressable memories (TCAMs) in communications systems, and developed the world’s first Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network interface controller (NIC) and first multichannel GbE switch. At Cypress as an EVP and CTO, Mark led technology development across lines of business and two Cypress acquisitions in the image sensor space. 
  
Mark designed full custom chips, ASICs, system level products, and ran the foundry and tooling interface group for a fabless semiconductor company. He has worked in six startups, two as a founder and two as a principal leader, and saw five of the six go public or be acquired. He is on the board of Agiga Tech, and is and has served as an advisor to a number of startups. 
  
Mark holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. 

Paul Pickering

Paul Pickering

Marketing and Sales

Paul Pickering is a passionate advocate for emerging semiconductor and micro-fabrication technologies. He was the Chief Revenue Officer for Micralyne Inc. based in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. In August 2019, Micralyne was acquired by Teledyne Technologies. 

Paul served as the Executive VP, Sales and Marketing at Exar Corporation, a public semiconductor company specializing in analog and mixed-signal semiconductor devices. Paul also served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xpedion Design Systems, a venture-backed EDA company that was acquired by Agilent in June 2006. He co-founded two start-up companies and has consulted with numerous other small and large technology companies. 

Paul is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree and attended Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He is a recognized speaker at technology conferences and trade events in the semiconductor and MEMS industries.

Prof. John Bowers

Prof. John Bowers

Board Member

John E. Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology, and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Professor in the Departments of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics and Calient Networks. Dr. Bowers received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. He is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE Photonics Award, OSA Tyndal Award, the OSA Holonyak Prize, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has published eight book chapters, 700 journal papers, 900 conference papers and has received 64 patents. He and coworkers received the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.

Jim Hogan

Jim Hogan

Board Member

Jim Hogan has more than three decades of experience in the semiconductor industry, including senior executive positions at EDA, semiconductor intellectual property, semiconductor equipment and fabrication companies. Hogan was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. He held senior engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation and Phillips Semiconductor. At Cadence, he was an Executive Fellow, President of Cadence Japan, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, and Corporate Vice President for Field Operations. At National Semiconductor and Philips, he established device physics laboratories globally. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Smart Machines, Inc., a semiconductor equipment automation company.

Dave Corbin

Dave Corbin

Advisor

An experienced CEO and general manager in hardware and software companies. Dave has an extensive experience working with small teams in start-up mode as well as bigger teams in mid-sized and large companies.

Dave enjoys the challenge of rapidly growing new businesses combining hardware and software. A wide scope of expertise in display, computing, cooling, nano technology, solar and electronics systems technologies. He has gained extensive international experience developing partnerships and customers in Asia and Europe.



He has been successful building teams from scratch as well as rebuilding and reshaping teams while repositioning products and target markets.



A creative problem solver holding more than 15 patents in MEMS, display, cooling and packaging of semiconductors.

Specialties: Leadership of early-stage companies, solving technology, financial, engineering and sales management challenges. 

Creating business and product strategies, financial and sales models that are fundable, measurable and successful. 

Prof. Dimitri Strukov

Prof. Dimitri Strukov

co-founder

Dmitri B. Strukov received the M.S. degree in applied physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA, in 2006. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Strukov worked as a postdoctoral associate at Hewlett Packard Laboratories on various aspects of nanoelectronic computing systems. His research broadly concerns different aspects of computation, addressing computation efficiency on various levels of abstraction, and spans across different disciplines including material science, device physics, circuit design, high level computer architecture, and algorithms with the emphasis on the emerging device technologies. In the past several years, his major focus was on metal-oxide memristors and floating-gate circuits for neurocomputing. His group was the first to demonstrate pattern classification task with memristor crossbar circuits and redesigned NOR flash memory. Dr. Strukov has received 14 patents and published more than 100 original research publications, which have won best paper awards on multiple occasions.

Prof. Konstantin Likharev

Prof. Konstantin Likharev

co-founder

Konstantin K. Likharev received the Candidate (Ph.D.) degree in Physics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia in 1969, and the habilitation degree of Doctor of Sciences from the Higher Attestation Committee of the U.S.S.R. in 1979. From 1969 to 1988 Dr. Likharev was a Staff Scientist of Moscow State University, and from 1989 to 1991 the Head of the Laboratory for Cryoelectronics of that university. In 1991 he assumed a Professorship at Stony Brook University (Distinguished Professor since 2002). During his research career, Dr. Likharev worked in the fields of nonlinear classical and dissipative quantum dynamics, and solid-state physics and electronics, notably including superconductor electronics and nanoelectronics. His current research interests are in the architecture and nanoelectronic implementation of high-performance neuromorphic networks. Dr. Likharev is an author of more than 350 original publications, 80+ review papers and book chapters, 2 monographs, an online lecture note series “Essential Graduate Physics”, and several patents. He is a Fellow of the APS and IEEE.

CAREERS

At Mentium we are developing the next generation of Artificial Intelligence processors. We are always interested in smart resourceful and dynamic people, so feel free to shot an email to the address below if you are one of them!
jobs@mentium.tech

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