Short-range radio startup appoints CEO

September 02, 2018 //By Peter Clarke
Short-range radio startup appoints CEO
Short-range radio startup Spark Microsystems International Inc. (Montreal, Quebec) has appointed Fares Mubarak as CEO.

The company was founded in 2016 to develop a specialized low-power, short range wireless transceiver aimed at the Internet of Things. The company was co-founded by Frederic Nabki, a professor of Electrical Engineering at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and who serves the company as CTO.

Fares Mubarak, CEO of Spark Microsystems.

Mubarak will now manage all aspects of the business with a view to releasing its wireless technology to customers in 2019. He has more than 30 years of management experience spanning semiconductor design, software development, operations, sales, marketing, applications, and EDA.

During his career Mubarak was 18 years at Actel Corp., an FPGA vendor that was acquired by Microsemi Corp. where he rose to the position of senior vice president of marketing and engineering. Prior to his time at Actel, Mubarak held various management and engineering roles at AMD and Samsung Semiconductor. It is notable that John East, retired CEO of Actel, serves on the board of Spark Microsystems.

"The ultra-low power Spark radio will usher in the next generation of easy to deploy and maintain IoT sensor networks, enabling a new class of battery-less and extra-long battery life applications, while providing order of magnitude improvements in latency and data rate," said Mubarak in a statement issued by Spark Microsystems.

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