Greg Winner to Lead the Company in Driving the Growth of Wi-Fi in Embedded Systems
Sunnyvale, Calif. — June 23, 2009 — ZeroG Wireless, Inc., an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi design, today announced the appointment of Greg Winner as the company’s chief executive officer. Mr. Winner has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and brings experience in product development, engineering and operations. He is charged with leading ZeroG Wireless into the next phase of growth for Wi-Fi and the Internet of Things.
“Greg is an ideal CEO to build on ZeroG's success. His leadership in product development, combined with his knowledge of wireless chips and modules, will rapidly accelerate the adoption of ZeroG’s low-power Wi-Fi technology,” said Charles Chi, a partner of Greylock and an investor in ZeroG Wireless. Prior to ZeroG Wireless, Mr. Winner held executive management roles at several semiconductor companies. Most recently, he served as the General Manager of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Business Unit at Atheros Communications and CEO of u-Nav Microelectronics. The Atheros GPS Business Unit was created through an acquisition of u-Nav Microelectronics, a private semiconductor startup focused on the development of GPS chips and modules. In addition, Mr. Winner served as senior vice president of engineering and quality at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) and managed product development at Silicon Systems. He holds an MSEE from Stanford and a BSEE from UCLA.
“A lot of groundwork has been set by ZeroG Wireless to become the leading provider of low-power embedded Wi-Fi products. This includes everything from a strong product, to strategic partnerships and extensive certification,” said Greg Winner, CEO, ZeroG Wireless. “We are now poised to move the company to the next stage of growth and adoption through execution of our business plan.”
ZeroG Wireless recently announced several developments on the ZG2100M and ZG2101M “Wi-Fi I/O” modules. The company signed a multi-year resale agreement with Microchip Technologies, a major microcontroller provider, to accelerate the adoption of Wi-Fi in embedded systems. The ZG2100M and ZG2101M modules have also been certified for complying with wireless standards set by industry and international bodies of regulation and have demonstrated interoperability with Apple’s Bonjour technology.
About the “Internet of Things”
The "Internet of Things" is a network in which the Internet reaches out into the real world of physical objects. The phrase describes the technologies and research disciplines that make this network possible. With nearly every powered device capable of connecting to the Internet, the potential for commercial and personal use is unbounded. New products and new business models will flourish. ZeroG Wireless refers to this dramatic shift in communication, to “person to machine” and “machine to machine,” as the 4th Age of Wireless™ — the Internet of Things.
About ZeroG Wireless, Inc.
ZeroG Wireless is a fabless semiconductor company focused on creating a world of connected devices, the “Internet of Things.” With ZeroG low-power Wi-Fi chips, there is no limit to the type of device that can now leverage the massive and rapidly growing Wi-Fi infrastructure. The Company's products are designed from the ground up to enable simple, low-cost connectivity for nearly any system, regardless of architecture. The result: faster time to market and significantly lower overall system cost.
Privately held, ZeroG Wireless is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Investors are Battery Ventures, Greylock Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, and Miven. Additional information may be found at www.zerogwireless.com