Dennis Segers. Tabula
Tabula is a fabless semiconductor company developing 3-D Programmable Logic Devices: chips which whilst built in two dimensions, operate so quickly that they act as if they have multiple dimensions.
Tabula’s ABAX family of 3-D Programmable Logic Devices, based on Tabula’s patented Spacetime architecture, sets new density, performance, and affordability benchmarks for programmable logic, memory, and signal processing.
With over 90 patents granted to date, Tabula is leading the race to make programmable chips that are smaller, faster and cheaper.
Dennis Segers joined Tabula in May 2006 after serving as an independent board member for two years. Prior to Tabula he served as president, CEO, and director of Matrix Semiconductor. Matrix pioneered the design and development of three-dimensional integrated circuits, a first in the history of semiconductor technology. At Matrix, Dennis oversaw the transition of the company from the early technology feasibility phase to high volume production, culminating in the acquisition of the company by SanDisk in January 2006.
Previously, Dennis served as the senior vice president and general manager of the FPGA product groups at Xilinx. He oversaw the development and introduction of the Virtex family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), the most successful programmable logic family in the industry's history. Under his direction the high end FPGA division grew from a $300M business to over $1.4B. In April 2000 he was elected to the Xilinx board of directors.
A 30-year industry veteran, Dennis began his career at Mostek Corporation as a product development engineer for Mostek's 16K DRAMs. He has held a variety of management positions in circuit design, process technology, and product development. Throughout his career Dennis has overseen the successful development and market introduction of over 40 products and technologies in a wide range of IC businesses including; memory, logic, and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs).
He has served as a board member and advisor to numerous venture capital backed startups and public companies. Dennis is currently a director for Azuro, Inc., a privately held EDA company, and Parade Technologies, Ltd., a private fabless semiconductor company. A past member of the board of directors of the Fabless Semiconductor Association (now the Global Semiconductor Alliance, GSA), Dennis currently serves as the Chairman of the GSA Emerging Company CEO Council.
Dennis received a BS Electrical Engineering degree from Texas A&M in 1975. He is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, and was a 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.