Julian Jenkins – Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technical Officer, Founder
As CTO, he is the architect of all of Perceptia’s PLL IP where he been among the pioneers in the development of all digital PLLs. Julian has several US and international patents as a result of this work. He has participated in an impressive list of high-speed analog and mixed-signal ICs that are in commercial production.
Julian also leads the sales team at Perceptia. Do not be surprised if he responds to your enquiries about our products.
Before joining Perceptia, Julian held various design engineering positions in Quality Semiconductor Australia, Hiband Semiconductors, and Cypress Semiconductor before joining the Perceptia founding team. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering – honors class 1 from the University of New South Wales, where he had also earned a degree in Computer Science.
Tim Robins – Vice-President Engineering, Founder
Tim Robins, cofounder of Perceptia Devices, has over twenty years of experience in silicon and product engineering. He graduated with BE in Computer Engineering from the University of London (Queen Mary College), England. In the course of his degree studies he worked at Marconi Electronic Device Limited (MEDL) as a sponsored student (intern), working on microprocessor designs in silicon-on-sapphire technology for military and space applications. Upon graduation in 1991, he joined Marconi and designed the original PCS layer for its 10/100 Fast Ethernet PHY. During his tenure at Marconi, the division merged with Plessey Semiconductors to become GEC Plessey Semiconductors. He was on assignment for the Networking division at GEC Plessey in Scotts Valley in 1997, when it was acquired by Mitel (now Zarlink) of Canada. He then temporarily joined Quality Semiconductor (QSI) in San Jose in 1998, as a principal design engineer in the Ethernet products group.
QSI was acquired by IDT in 2000, upon which Mr. Robins joined gigabit-Ethernet PHY fabless semiconductor company Hiband Semiconductors as Director of Engineering. In this company, he led the engineering team. As a direct result of that team’s successful design activities, Cypress Semiconductor acquired Hiband in 2001. Mr. Robins left Cypress in 2005 to join Perceptia fulltime as its VP Engineering.
Andy Grouwstra – Founder
Andy has been with Perceptia full time since 2008, first as its VP Business Development and later as CEO, before he handed this responsibility to Julian. Since 2013 he also functions as a registered patent agent at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Before founding Perceptia, Andy founded DICE, an analog and mixed-signal IC design house in the Netherlands in 1982, and worked for a few fabless semiconductor companies in sales management and technical marketing roles until he moved to silicon valley in 2001 to join Cadence Design Systems. Andy performed various business development roles in its Services department, for both North America, and Brazil.