Jun. 1, 2017
ItoM opens new competence centre in Enschede
Aims to play a key role in Twente’s growing mixed-signal ecosystem
Eindhoven, the Netherlands, June 1, 2017 – Semiconductor Ideas to the Market (ItoM) B.V. today announced the opening of company’s second competence centre. This new site, located in Enschede close to the University of Twente, will be led by Managing Partner Edwin Veldman. The centre will strengthen ItoM’s RF transceiver and adaptive signal processing expertise and IP portfolio. It also builds on the growing ecosystem of independent IC design capabilities in the region.
“Enschede has rapidly become recognized around the world as a key location for analog, RF, and mixed-signal IC design and development in The Netherlands”, commented Edwin Veldman. “One of the reasons for this success has been the effort put in by Professor Bram Nauta as the head of the IC-Design group at the University of Twente. By opening our second competence centre in Enschede, we plan to build on that success. It allows us to intensify our close cooperation with Bram’s team and are delighted about the available advanced RF-lab facilities.”
According to Professor Bram Nauta, “For some time analog and RF electronics have been perceived as ‘old-fashioned’, partly because it requires a lot of experience to get it right. With ItoM joining the growing ecosystem in Enschede, it means there is now a solid platform my students can use to bridge the experience gap and a reason for senior engineers to remain in the area. Combine that with the entrepreneurial spirit and open innovation encouraged by the University of Twente, and people are seeing that analog is the ‘hot topic’. As I say to my students, digital is about features, but analog is about performance.”
The first steps for ItoM Enschede will be to grow the Analog and RF team, which will initially focus on internal IP development. The next step is to expand the team into a full multi-disciplinary competence centre offering system level support to significantly reduce time-to-market for new wireless connectivity designs. This will also allow ItoM to address business opportunities beyond RF front end and IoT RF transceiver markets.
Apr. 25, 2017
Edwin Veldman joins the ItoM team
Proven industry leader to drive expansion with new centre in Enschede
Eindhoven, the Netherlands, April 25, 2017 – Semiconductor Ideas to the Market (ItoM) B.V. today announced that Edwin Veldman has joined the management team as Managing Partner. Edwin will lead the mixed-signal IC and system design company’s current expansion plans, by building and running a new competence centre in Enschede. This second centre will strengthen ItoM’s RF transceiver and adaptive signal processing expertise and IP portfolio, enhancing the company’s global service IP offering for wireless connectivity and broadcast tuners.
“When we heard that Edwin was looking for a new challenge, we immediately contacted him”, stated ItoM CEO and co-founder, Harm van Rumpt. “We already had plans in place to expand our IP portfolio and design service offering by opening a new office in Enschede. Edwin’s proven ability to grow a world class team is a real asset for ItoM and will help us achieve our goal of being the primary independent RF analog service IP company in Europe”.
Among the first priorities is to build the new team. Initially this will focus on bringing together the key analog and RF IC design experts that are at the core of ItoM’s offering, and a few have already been signed. As the team grows, the Enschede office will become a full multi-disciplinary competence centre offering system level support to significantly reduce time-to-market for new wireless connectivity designs. This will allow ItoM to continuing supporting both local and global customers while also addressing business opportunities beyond RF Front-End and IoT RF transceiver markets.
“To start building a brand new team for a service IP company definitely gives me the challenge I was looking for”, commented Edwin Veldman. “Having successfully grown a team in a short time frame, I understand many of the pitfalls a company can face when expanding. The talent pool in and around Enschede along with the mixed-signal competencies of the University Twente should certainly support this. Of course, as well as building the team we have to find the right location that gives us the opportunity to expand”.