Chris Neil Brown, B. Eng (Elec) Hons
Chris’ career in the semiconductor industry includes prominent technical and marketing/sales positions at Texas Instruments and Intel prior to becoming a Founder of Emosyn, a fabless semiconductor start-up in 2001 conceived by a group of ex Intel executives.
Emosyn (the first company to adopt flash memory in smartcards) expanded successfully for 5 years before a $20M acquisition by SST. Within SST, Chris subsequently ran the Emosyn business unit before taking over responsibility for their European and South Korean Licensing activities.
In 2010, SST was acquired by Microchip, a highly profitable $7B broad line semiconductor IDM. Within Microchip/SST, Chris has full responsibility for their IP & Technology Licensing activities throughout EMEA, Korea & South America. The last 4 years has seen a strong eco system of Foundries, Design Houses and IDMs developed, forming a significant part of the highly profitable $120M+ SST w/w Licensing business.
Chris is also a regular speaker / contributor to industry events and has previously given a keynote address on flash memory design at IPSOC Grenoble. He is widely known in the smartcard, automotive and semiconductor business within Europe.
From 2012 to 2017 Chris also served as Non-Exec Director and Non-Exec Chairman of the wireless technology business Simulity Labs, helping steer the Company to a £30M+ trade sale to ARM/Softbank in June 2017.