Syed B. Ali is founder, chairman, president & CEO of Cavium, Inc., a publicly listed company that provides highly integrated semiconductor processors that enable intelligent networking, communications, storage, video, and security applications to worldwide markets. Founded in 2000, Cavium was named the 5th fastest growing technology company in the United States by Forbes Magazine.
Mr. Ali has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor business, having worked in various roles in design engineering, marketing/sales and business management. During his career he has built several successful businesses and companies. From 1998-2000, he was founding team member and vice president of marketing and sales at Malleable Technologies, a semiconductor company that developed Digital Signal Processors for delivering voice over IP networks. It was subsequently acquired by PMC-Sierra, a communication chip company in 2000. From 1994-1998, Mr. Ali was executive director at Samsung Electronics, where he played a major role in starting and growing Samsung’s Flash memory and CPU businesses.
Mr. Ali has also held various positions in product design and development at Wafer Scale Integration (acquired by ST Microelectronics, Italy), Tandem Computer (a division of Hewlett Packard), and American Microsystems Inc.
Syed Ali is the holder of five U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored papers in the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, International Electron Devices Meeting and the VLSI Circuits Conference.