Lynn Reed, President
How long have you been at Tekmos?
Tekmos was founded by me and my partner, James Betts, back in 1997. That means we have been here 18 years now. That is a record for me, as I have never worked anywhere for more than 7 years prior to Tekmos, and most jobs were 5 years or less.
What are your responsibilities here at Tekmos?
Since I’m the President, I am responsible for everything. Finance and Engineering take up more of my time than they should, since those VP slots are currently open.
What are your favorite tasks to work on?
I am an engineer by trade, and so I really love being involved in engineering tasks. However, I have to admit that while I enjoy doing analog design and layout, these are tasks that need to be delegated to others.
What Project are you working on now?
Our biggest task is to reposition the company as an ASIC provider that supports new designs being developed for the Internet of Things (IoT). Tekmos ASICs will be the bridge between standard products that offer a 95% solution and the customer application. To get there, we have to improve our ASIC development procedures, become better in stacking die in small packages, and develop test capabilities for QFN packages.
Please tell us about your professional experience and how it has related to Tekmos?
I have been in semiconductors forever. My Master’s work was in bipolar processing. Then I moved to MOS after graduation, and then to ASICs in 1981. I have been there ever since. The ASIC market, and particularly gate arrays, has seen its share of ups and downs. The 2000s were a significantly down period, and many suppliers left the market. This has left Tekmos well positioned to take advantage of the developing IoT market.