Mr. Tahernia has twenty four years of experience in leading organizations providing systems and semiconductor solutions. Prior to Tilera, he spent three years at Xilinx, where he started as Vice President and General Manager of a newly created DSP Division in 2004 and later served as Vice President and General Manager of the Processing Solutions Group consisting of DSP, Embedded and IP Divisions. His responsibilities included the business and product strategy for configurable DSP and Embedded processing. Mr. Tahernia served as a member of the Xilinx Executive team during his tenure there.
Prior to Xilinx, Mr. Tahernia spent 21 years at Motorola where he began his career in 1984 and worked in both the equipment and semiconductor segments. In his final role at Motorola Semiconductors, from May 2003 to June 2004, he served as Vice President and Director of Worldwide Strategy and Business Development for the Wireless Group. Prior to that, from 1999 to 2003, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Division driving a $1B wireless chipset business including baseband and application processors. Mr. Tahernia also held various management positions in the Motorola Paging Group including technology, product development, and licensing. His product management responsibilities included serving international markets of Japan, Asia Pacific and China. Mr. Tahernia was recognized for his engineering excellence and received the Motorola Distinguished Innovator and Patent of the Year awards in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
Mr. Tahernia holds 13 U.S. patents, a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and an M.S.EE degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.