Next-gen lidar player taps Texas Instruments vet to open Silicon Valley HQ

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As the lidar sector becomes increasingly competitive - both in terms of scale and talent acquisition - new entrant SiLC has lured former Texas Instruments veteran Ralf Muenster to come aboard and expand SiLC’s presence to Silicon Valley. 

Ralf Muenster is leaving his role as Texas Instruments CTO office director to join SiLC as VP business development and marketing. With over two decades of experience in business development as well as product and strategic marketing at Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor, Micrel and AMD, Ralf brings a strong track record of commercializing and growing differentiated high-tech businesses and expanding customer and partnership engagements.

The ability to attract top industry talent in such a highly competitive market underscores SiLC’s differentiation and value within the autonomous vehicle ecosystem. Since it was founded in May 2018, SiLC has rapidly developed a silicon photonics-based integration platform and integrated a 4D Vision Sensor chip that enables a low-cost, low power, compact footprint, and the safety requirements for fully autonomous vehicles. Utilizing frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology at 1,550nm wavelength, SiLC’s optical engine represents the future of lidar in which safety, performance, and range dramatically increase.