Litrinium, Inc. is a privately held semiconductor company founded in 2016 with a laser focus on developing signal integrity solutions for next generation, ultra-high-speed interconnectivity. Litrinium is run by some of the most innovative thinkers in the optical communications industry with a proven track record of growing profitable high-performance analog businesses.
Ultra high-speed interconnectivity
The Litrinium team is addressing some of the most demanding applications in networking, including 5G wireless, cloud data centers and next generation broadband access.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet-of-Things (IoT), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and a wide spectrum of emerging cloud-based applications are fueling an explosion in data traffic. Litrinium’s radical new approach to signal integrity will enable customers to address the insatiable demand for bandwidth by leveraging purpose-built, smart solutions to boost performance, cut development times and reduce overall costs of ownership for next generation optical interconnects. Litrinium is applying its expertise to some of the most demanding applications in networking, including 5G wireless, cloud data centers and next generation broadband access.
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Najabat (Hasnain) Bajwa brings over 22 years of experience building successful semiconductor businesses, with particular expertise in high-speed networking. He has a proven track record of driving strategies that achieve market leadership and high growth. At Litrinium, Mr. Bajwa has assembled a team of leading innovators in optical interconnectivity to bring radically new solutions to market that will enable customers to address the world’s insatiable demand for bandwidth.
Prior to founding Litrinium, Mr. Bajwa was an executive officer at MACOM (NASDAQ: MTSI) and Mindspeed Technologies. As senior vice president and general manager of the high-performance analog (HPA) business unit, Mr. Bajwa led HPA to become the largest, most profitable business within Mindspeed, eventually leading to its successful sale to MACOM in December 2013. Previously, Mr. Bajwa held positions of increasing responsibility with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, including an expatriate assignment to Penang, Malaysia.
Mr. Bajwa holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA, a Master of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He holds 2 U.S. patents.
CTO and Senior Vice President of Engineering
Kashif Ahmed joined Litrinium in 2017 and brings over 27 years of high performance analog and mixed signal product development experience, with particular expertise is optical interconnectivity. At Litrinium, he directs the global engineering teams and overseas product innovation and execution.
Prior to joining Litrinium, Mr. Ahmed served as vice president of engineering of the high-performance analog (HPA) business unit at MACOM (NASDAQ: MTSI) and Mindspeed Technologies. As head of engineering at these companies, Mr. Ahmed led the successful innovation and development of >100 products in a variety of market segments including fiber to the home, data centers and broadcast video. Previously, Mr. Ahmed served in series of roles with increasing responsibility at Rockwell International and Conexant Systems.
Mr. Ahmed holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He holds 4 U.S. patents.
Vice President of Marketing
Angus Lai joined Litrinium in 2018 and brings over 20 years of technical marketing and application engineering experience with particular expertise in optical interconnectivity. At Litrinium, he directs global marketing initiatives and oversees new product development strategy and roadmaps.
Prior to joining Litrinium, Mr. Lai served as senior product marketing director at MACOM (NASDAQ: MTSI) and director of marketing at Mindspeed for the high-performance analog (HPA) business unit. As head of segment marketing for HPA, Mr. Lai led successful strategic initiatives that enabled MACOM and Mindspeed to achieve number one market positions in a variety of fiber-to-the-home and data center optical interconnect solution sectors. Previously, Mr. Lai served in a series of roles with increasing responsibility at Vitesse Semiconductor and Xponent Photonics.
Mr. Lai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
Vice President of Sales
Yasuyuki Tanaka joined Litrinium in 2020 and brings over 23 years of sales management experience, with a history of success in the field of high-performance analog component sales. At Litrinium, he directs global sales initiatives and oversees our channel and distribution partners.
Prior to joining Litrinium, Mr. Tanaka served in senior executive roles, including country manager at high-performance embedded computing solutions provider Congatec A.G., country manager at MACOM (NASDAQ: MTSI) and vice president of sales at Mindspeed Technologies. Before that, he held several roles with increasing responsibilities at Conexant Systems, Rockwell International and Nippon Avionics. During his career, Mr. Tanaka has spearheaded initiatives which have resulted in rapid revenue growth, achieved record numbers and contributed to number one market share positions in high-growth sectors such as fiber-to-the-home and network processing.
Mr. Tanaka holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Vice President of Operations
Tom McKnelly joined Litrinium in 2021 and brings over 30 years of experience in semiconductor operations with expertise in quality and business systems development and implementation. At Litrinium, he directs global manufacturing operations and overseas supply chain management and quality assurance.
Prior to joining Litrinium, Mr. McKnelly served in senior executive roles including general manager for Thin Film products at Johanson Technologies, director of strategic programs at Semtech Corporation and director of operations and systems at Atomera. Before that, Mr. McKnelly held roles with increasing responsibilities at Vitesse Semiconductor, Therma-Wave, and Superconductor Technologies. During his career, he has overseen the development, implementation, and improvement of quality systems, manufacturing processes, and product development programs for numerous products.
Mr. McKnelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a certificate in the executive program from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.