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Julie England, Director: Ms. England has extensive experience in the semiconductor, RFID, and defense systems electronics industries. In 2009 she retired from Texas Instruments, Inc. after a 30 year career in which she held several executive positions, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of RFID. Previously, she was Vice President of a microprocessor division at Texas Instruments and prior to that, Vice President of Quality for the Semiconductor Group.

Ms. England is a member of the Board of Directors of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. and Intelleflex Corporation and serves on the board of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. Previously she served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Linnea Geiss, Director: Linnea Geiss is a Principal at Arcapita Ventures. Linnea joined Arcapita in 2007 and focuses on investments in the IT and industrial technology sectors across the US. Prior to joining Arcapita, Linnea spent 5 years with Radiant Systems (NASDAQ: RADS), where she held a variety of positions in implementation, product development, and marketing strategy functions. Her tenure with Radiant included nearly 3 years of international experience, where she helped grow the EMEA business unit and establish the European Center of Excellence in Prague, Czech Republic. Linnea holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta CEO Council, serves on the advisory board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta and is the Chair of the Southern Capital Conference.

Ketan Patel, Director: Ketan Patel, Principal, joined New Venture Partners in 2006. Previously, he worked in a variety of operational roles in the semiconductor industry, encompassing startups and large multinational corporations. Ketan holds a BS, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, an MS, cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Robert Schwartz, Director: Robert Schwartz is Managing Partner of Third Point Ventures, the Sunnyvale, California-based venture capital arm of Third Point LLC, which is a registered investment adviser based in New York and the investment manager of the Third Point Funds. Since 1984, Mr. Schwartz has also been the President of RF Associates North, Inc., a privately-held technical manufacturer’s representative firm. Mr. Schwartz is presently a director of several privately-held companies. Mr. Schwartz holds two undergraduate engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Mehring, Director: CEO of Intelleflex. Formerly VP of Macintosh hardware group at Apple Computer, Sr. VP of Engineering at Echelon, founder and GM & VP (R&D) at UMAX.


Board Observers

Rick Shriner: Partner, Woodside Fund. Mr. Shriner has more than 40 years of experience developing new businesses and technology. He has been working with Woodside Fund as a full-time partner for more than ten years. As a partner, Mr. Shriner serves as a Board member and often works closely with important portfolio companies weekly, providing senior management and strategic guidance. Mr. Shriner was President and CEO of two Woodside Fund portfolio companies: HotRail, Inc., a communications infrastructure IC company sold to Conexant Systems, Inc. for $375 million, and Exponential Technology, Inc., a high-performance semiconductor company. He previously served as Vice President of Core Technology at Apple Computer and General Manager at Intel Corporation, where he set up the board and systems business in Oregon. He also has held senior management positions at Motorola and Wang Laboratories. Mr. Shriner holds an engineering degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.B.A. from the College of St. Thomas.

Stephen J. Socolof: New Venture Partners, Managing Partner, is a founder and has been a member of the investment committee of New Venture Partners since 2001. Steve has spent his career focusing on corporate innovation. At New Venture Partners, Steve works with leading global technology corporations to help them spin out, commercialize, and scale up new business opportunities in semiconductors, software, storage, and wireless.

 
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