CGD has been created to explore and develop a number of unique opportunities in power electronics made possible by the team’s proprietary application of Gallium Nitride to the silicon-based semiconductor transistor manufacturing process. With silicon transistors widely acknowledged as having attained maximum efficiency, CGD’s power design engineers have developed a range of Gallium Nitride transistors that are over 100 times faster, lose 5 – 10 times less power and are 4 times smaller than existing silicon equivalents. The possibilities and range of potential applications for these transistors is almost endless in this increasingly digitally connected world.
After almost a decade of leading-edge research and development at Cambridge University, CEO Giorgia Longobardi and her team have launched Cambridge GaN Devices (CGD).
GIORGIA LONGOBARDI - FOUNDER & CEO
She has a PhD in power devices from Cambridge University. Since 2009 she has been working on GaN power devices design and characterisation gaining extensive and in-dept knowledge of GaN reliability.
PETE HUTTON - CHAIRMAN
Pete Hutton is an Angel investor, Advisor, and Chairman for several startups and scale-ups in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, and Oxford.
John has worked in equity investment for over 20 years with experience both on the advisory side as Head of Global Capital Goods equity research at Merrill Lynch and, on the fund management side, as a Partner at Adelphi Capital LLP.
DR MARTIN ARNOLD – HEAD OF ENGINEERING
Martin has more than 12 years of experience in power semiconductor devices R&D. This includes silicon devices as well as SiC (Silicon Carbide) and GaN. During 8 years at ABB Semiconductors in Switzerland, he successfully led large international device development projects with industrial and academic partners.
FLORIN UDREA – FOUNDER & CTO
Florin is a professor in semiconductor engineering at the University of Cambridge and head of the High Voltage Microelectronics and sensors group. He received his PhD degree in power devices from the University of Cambridge in 1995. Prof. Udrea has published over 500 papers in journals and international conferences.
TANIA VILLARES BALSA
Tania is an Investment Director of the Seed Funds team in Cambridge Enterpise. Previously, she worked in the venture capital sector in Spain investing in technology spin outs from universities and research centres for over six years.
ZAHID ANSARI – VICE-PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Zahid has extensive experience in manufacture of IC’s and over 14 years of experience in the Power Electronics. He was VP of Operations, Director of Operations and Acting VP of Business Development at CamSemi – a Cambridge University spinout which shipped over 1 billion IC’s for mobile phone chargers.