Minima Processor Names Two Senior Executives to Leadership Roles
Tuomas Hollman Named EVP of Products and Business Development; Tomi Jalonen to Head Sales
OULU, FINLAND, April 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Minima Processor, provider of near-threshold voltage design solutions to minimize energy consumption in system-on-chip (SoC) designs, today announced two key appointments to round out its executive management staff.
Tuomas Hollman, a Minima Processor co-founder, became executive vice president of products and business development. Tomi Jalonen was named vice president of worldwide sales. Hollman and Jalonen will work from San Jose, Calif., and Munich, Germany, respectively, strengthening Minima Processor’s global reach.
In making the announcement, Minima Processor’s Chief Executive Officer Toni Soini remarks, “As we engage with mid-sized and large semiconductor companies and executing on our product delivery roadmap, we need Tuomas’ and Tomi’s expertise. Both are industry veterans with the marketing and sales skills to drive a global business development strategy.”
Tuomas Hollman, Executive Vice President of Products and Business Development
Tuomas Hollman is an experienced senior executive, with proficiency that ranges from strategy to product development and business management. He will open the Silicon Valley operations as he joins Minima Processor.
Hollman began his semiconductor industry career at Texas Instruments, serving for 15 years in increasingly important roles, including general management and profit and loss responsibility for multiple product lines. From Texas Instruments, he joined Exar Corporation as division vice president of power management and lighting with oversight of strategy, product development and marketing. He joins Minima Processor from MaxLinear, through its acquisition of Exar Corporation, where he continued to lead the power management and lighting products.
Hollman holds a Master of Science degree in Microelectronics Design from Helsinki University of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics, both in Finland.
Tomi Jalonen, Vice President of Worldwide Sales
As Minima Processor’s vice president of sales, Tomi Jalonen combines his intellectual property (IP) sales experience with a technical background. Most recently, he was vice president of sales for Allegro DVT, an IP provider of video encoders and decoders. Previously, he was senior director at VeriSilicon, managing its video business unit’s sales, marketing and strategy.
At Hantro Products, Jalonen was director of sales and business development before becoming EMEA vice president of sales for On2 Technologies through its acquisition of Hantro Products. Jalonen started his career at Siemens and held various R&D and technology management positions in semiconductor and mobile phone divisions.
Jalonen was awarded a Master of Science degree in Microelectronics from Tampere University of Technology in Finland.
The Minima Processor Approach
Intended for a range of markets, including microcontroller, internet of things (IoT), in-body medical and connectivity, Minima Processor’s ultra-low power technology for near-threshold voltage design uses dynamic margining to minimize energy consumption while maintaining yield in SoCs. The Minima dynamic-margining approach is an IP-based methodology for near-threshold voltage design that combines hardware and software to enable circuits to function at their lowest possible power for any given task, data or ambient condition.
About Minima Processor
Minima Processor of Oulu, Finland, provides near-threshold voltage design solutions that employ dynamic margining and ultra-wide dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) to minimize energy consumption in SoC designs. Founded in 2016 by seasoned technical and R&D professionals with expertise in energy-efficiency technology, it is privately held and funded by Aalto University, CFT Nordic Investment Center, Lifeline Ventures, VTT Ventures, and angel investors. Minima is a founding member of the RISC-V Foundation.