Silicon Labs Appoints New CTO

Article By : Stephen Las Marias

Silicon Labs has appointed Daniel Cooley, formerly chief strategy officer of the company, to chief technology officer.

Silicon Labs has appointed Daniel Cooley—formerly chief strategy officer—to chief technology officer (CTO). The announcement came on the heels of the company’s divestment of its Infrastructure & Automotive business.

Cooley is an industry respected, IoT technology visionary and has been instrumental in building the unmatched breadth and depth of the company’s wireless connectivity portfolio. Since 2005, he has served in a variety of engineering and business leadership positions at Silicon Labs in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Daniel Cooley

As CTO, Cooley will be responsible for the company’s overall R&D strategy and execution, and he will work closely with Matt Johnson, the company’s newly promoted president, on IoT market opportunities, strategic partnerships and acquisitions and advanced technologies at the edge.

“As we focus our innovation efforts on building the world’s most secure, intelligent hardware and software platform for IoT development, Daniel Cooley is an ideal choice to lead the company’s R&D efforts,” said CEO Tyson Tuttle in a statement. “For more than 15 years, Daniel has focused on wireless technology—from developing patents, to leading our IoT business and driving corporate strategy. His deep understanding of our markets, customers, ecosystems, technology and solutions will accelerate our IoT leadership and growth.”

Cooley takes over from Alessandro Piovaccari, who has served as CTO since 2015. Piovaccari will transition to Silicon Labs’ Technical Advisory Board.

“I would also like to express my thanks and gratitude to Alessandro Piovaccari for 18 outstanding years of invaluable contributions to Silicon Labs,” continued Tuttle. “Alessandro joined Silicon Labs in 2003 to design the company’s single-chip FM radio products which have surpassed 1.7 billion device shipments. He went on to co-architect Silicon Labs’ single-chip TV tuner IC, used by nine of the world’s top 10 TV makers, with more than 70% market share and 1.5 billion units shipped. As CTO, his technical and leadership contribution has been fundamental to building the current roadmap of IoT products and technology. Most recently, he focused on building a leading-edge R&D organization devoted to exploring ultra-low power technologies including advancing hardware and software architectures and bringing intelligence to IoT end-node devices. Alessandro is a true innovator. I’m grateful he will continue to serve as a technical advisor to the company.”

“Embedded computing is in the middle of a multi-decade transition from offline to online that will have global impact on our lives and the economy. Industry estimates indicate that there will be >50 IoT devices per person leveraging at least 10 different wireless protocols,” said Cooley in a press statement. “We will continue delivering the breakthrough innovations in compute, connectivity, security and machine learning necessary to address this large, diverse and growing market.”

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