BLOOMINGTON, MINN. (May 1, 2017) – SkyWater Technology Foundry announced that it has expanded its sales team with the addition of Paul Chopelas as Senior Director of Sales. In his role with the U.S.-based technology foundry specializing in the development and manufacturing of semiconductor-based solutions, Chopelas will be responsible for managing SkyWater’s relationships with new and existing customers.
Formed following the March 2017 acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corp’s 200mm semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility in Bloomington, Minn., SkyWater is uniquely positioned to support government and private new product development. As the most-advanced DMEA-trusted, independent U.S.-based and owned semiconductor foundry currently in operation, Skywater is ideally situated to assist innovators in IoT, medical, photonics, and superconducting applications bring new products to market.
A 30-year veteran of the semiconductor and software industry with a long history of leveraging commercial innovations for government and military customers, Chopelas has a proven record of managing and developing customer relationships as well as the expertise necessary to help customers solve their system engineering challenges using SkyWater’s advanced technologies and capabilities. Chopelas will report to Michael Moore, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing.
“SkyWater is unique in our ability to continue to support Cypress customers while building new opportunities in other industries, businesses and markets, it is truly an exciting opportunity we have in front of us.” said Moore. “Paul’s expertise and the relationships he has built during his 30-years in the industry are going to be tremendously valuable as we forge the future for SkyWater.”
Throughout his career, Chopelas has held various sales roles with some of the semiconductor industry’s most recognized companies including Cypress Semiconductor, California Cobham Semiconductor Solutions (formerly Aeroflex), Mercury Systems, Inc., Achronix Semiconductor, AGTEK Development, Bay Microsystems and Actel Corporation (now Microsemi). Most recently, Chopelas was Vice President of Development for the start-up Nebbiolo Technologies in Milpitas, Calif. In this role, he led the go-to-market strategy and aggressive growth plan for a company and was responsible for building the sales channel and developing strategic ecosystem partnerships.
Chopelas studied Computer Science from the University of California – Santa Barbara and has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University – Long Beach.
About SkyWater Technology Foundry
SkyWater is a U.S.-based technology foundry specializing in the development and manufacturing of a wide variety of semiconductor-based solutions. As a globally recognized, DMEA-trusted facility with advanced development capabilities co-located with volume production, SkyWater has the ability and flexibility to innovate to any scale with a wide array of special materials. Our roots go back to the pioneers of computing technology and as such SkyWater offers what most foundries cannot: decades of technology innovation experience. Reach out to see how SkyWater can help revolutionize your product. To learn more, visit www.skywatertechnologyfoundry.com.
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