Handset components specialist Richard Stephens joins silicon oscillator developer eoSemi from Nokia

Richard Stephens

eoSemi, the silicon oscillator company, has announced the appointment of Richard Stephens as Technical Marketing Manager. He joins eoSemi from Nokia, where he led work on innovative timing and memory solutions for 3G handsets.

“In the course of a 20-year career at Nokia, Richard has acquired a unique set of skills and expertise in the field of handset components, and in particular timing solutions,” said eoSemi VP Sales & Marketing Steve Cliffe. “It’s safe to say that few engineers in the world can match Richard’s knowledge of this area – he will play a key role in ensuring that eoSemi’s products meet and exceed our customers’ requirements.”

Stephens’ most recent role at Nokia was to project manage the development, from initial specification to mass production, of 32kHz semiconductor and MEMS oscillators, crystals, VCTXCO clock buffering solutions for wireless solutions (including WLAN, Bluetooth and GPS) and multi frequency clocking components.

Stephens said: “I know for a fact that eoSemi’s products fulfil a compelling need in the handset market. The company has succeeded where many others have failed, and that’s why I’m so excited to be joining at this time.”

Prior to his tenure at Nokia, Stephens held posts at Siemens Plessey and at Ferranti Computer Systems. He earned a first class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales and holds Chartered Engineer status from the IET (CEng, MIET).

eoSemi’s core technology enables new timing devices based entirely on silicon circuitry. These can replace the costly, bulky and unreliable external quartz crystals that are still used in even the newest consumer and industrial devices, from mobile phones to televisions. eoSemi’s new silicon approach allows a timing reference to be placed directly onto a silicon chip, reducing the number of parts required for each device and therefore the cost and size.