Mark Ross

Advisor, Silicon Catalyst

Mark Ross

Mark has been at the center of the Silicon Valley business and technology world for years working for companies like Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), NeXT, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, Cypress Semiconductor and Dell.  Mark was directly responsible for shipping five systems for the communications and computation markets that contributed over $1 billion in revenue each.

At Cisco, he pioneered the development and use of ternary content-addressable memories (TCAMs) in communications systems, and developed the world’s first Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network interface controller (NIC) and first multichannel GbE switch.  At Cypress as an EVP and CTO,  Mark led technology development across lines of business and two Cypress acquisitions in the image sensor space.  

Mark designed full custom chips, ASICs, system level products, and ran the foundry and tooling interface group for a fabless semiconductor company.  He has worked in six startups,  two as a founder and two as a principal leader, and saw five of the six go public or be acquired.   He is on the board of Agiga Tech, and is and has served as an advisor to a number of startups.  

Mark holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Learn more about Mark Ross at Silicon Catalyst.


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