Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) promoted Vincent Ratford to vice president and general manager of the processing solutions group (PSG). Ratford was the vice president of marketing, business development, and silicon architecture for PSG.
Ratford will be in charged of the company’s digital signal processing (DSP) and embedded processing solutions [silicon, intellectual property (IP), software tools and design methodologies], and connectivity solutions (physical layer and protocols) that allow a broader base of designers to leverage the high performance-price advantages of Xilinx field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). He is also responsible for strategic alliances with industry leaders to further enhance and strengthen the company’s product portfolio.
Ratford brings more than 30 years of management experience at a variety of high technology companies to his new position at the vp of the Xilinx processing solutions group organization. Prior to joining Xilinx, Ratford served as president and CEO of AccelChip. Before that, he was chief operating officer of Microtech (the embedded software division of Mentor Graphics) and vice president of sales and marketing at Virage Logic. Ratford has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. Ratford succeeds Omid Tahernia, 47, who departed Xilinx to become chief executive officer at high technology start-up Tilera (Santa Clara, CA).