Raza Microelectronics Selects Behrooz Abdi as President, CEO

Raza Microelectronics®, Inc. (RMI®), a leading supplier of processors for communications and consumer applications, announced that it has named Behrooz Abdi as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Abdi joins RMI during a period of very rapid business growth and will guide the well-diversified product and technology company as it accelerates its successful worldwide marketing strategy. Mr. Abdi succeeds S. Atiq Raza, RMI’s founding Chief Executive Officer, who will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“We are extremely proud to have Behrooz join RMI. His leadership skills, technology acumen and business credentials are unequaled,” said Atiq Raza, Chairman of the Board. “Behrooz’s success in transforming technical innovations into profitable businesses and his ability to lead groups through extreme growth will be essential as we take the company to the next level.”

Mr. Abdi, a seasoned veteran with over 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, has a proven track record of growing profitable businesses at Qualcomm, Inc. (NasdaqGS:QCOM) and Motorola SPS (now Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.). Prior to his appointment at RMI, Mr. Abdi held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qualcomm’s CDMA Technologies (QCT). During his tenure, QCT became the driving force behind the transition to 65nm and 45nm technologies, successfully acquired and integrated several product and technology companies and moved into the top ten list of semiconductor companies.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Abdi held leadership and engineering positions of increasing responsibility at Motorola in its Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS). His last role at Motorola was Vice President and General Manager for the radio products division, in charge of RF and mixed signal ICs for the wireless mobile market, where he led Motorola to its number one market position in RF ICs. Mr. Abdi received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University and his Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“I am excited to join RMI and its incredibly talented and dedicated team,” said Mr. Abdi, President and Chief Executive Officer of RMI. “I feel all the more privileged to succeed Atiq Raza, whose enormous accomplishments have led the company thus far. RMI is an excellent company with innovative technology, a diversified customer base and tremendous revenue growth. I believe that we have a successful path in front of us and I am pleased to be able to contribute to RMI’s vision for the future.”

RMI products push the edge of processor technology in performance and integration, and are used by system and original equipment manufacturers to address the enterprise, consumer and core network markets. The company’s XLR, XLS, Alchemy, and Orion Processor families are highly-integrated designs incorporating advanced internal architectures and built on leading-edge silicon process technologies.

About RMI
RMI is a fabless semiconductor company providing highly integrated, feature-rich products, ranging from power-optimized System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solutions to High-Performance Processors for the Digital Consumer, Wireless, Networking and Security markets. RMI offers the most advanced and the most complete MIPS-Based® processing solutions with both 32/64-bit architectures supporting frequencies from 300MHz to 1.2 GHz. The company is headquartered in Cupertino, California, with branch and subsidiary offices in Texas, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China.

RMI, Raza Microelectronics, the RMI logo, XLR, XLS, Alchemy, Orion, Scalable Processor Solutions, and the other trademarks named on the RMI website are trademarks of Raza Microelectronics, Inc.