Cypress Semiconductor CTO Cathal Phelan Joins Touchstone Semiconductor’s Board of Directors

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Phelan is the chief technical officer at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and a 25-year semiconductor industry expert.

“Cathal has a tremendous track record in the semiconductor business, and we look forward to tapping into his knowledge and expertise.” -- Brett Fox, president and CEO of Touchstone Semiconductor.

Touchstone Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of high-performance analog integrated circuit solutions, today announced that Cathal Phelan has joined its board of directors. Phelan is the chief technical officer at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and a 25-year semiconductor industry expert.

Phelan joins the Touchstone Semiconductor board, which includes Gill Cogan, founding general partner, Opus Capital; Dr. Naveed Sherwani, president and CEO, Open-Silicon; and Brett Fox, president and CEO, Touchstone Semiconductor.

Phelan brings his expertise in semiconductor business strategy, including working with start-up companies. He served for four years on the board of semiconductor developer Virage Logic prior to its acquisition by Synopsis last year. He has held numerous positions at Cypress, including EVP of the Data Communications Division. He is the former CEO and president of Ubicom, a Silicon Valley startup building high-performance home networking solutions. He holds 37 U.S. patents.

“The Touchstone team and the simplicity of its business plan has intrigued me from the beginning," said Phelan. “When I was asked to join the board, I jumped at the opportunity. I am excited to be helping this team, and believe that Touchstone has all the right components for success over the coming years.”

“Cathal has assisted Touchstone since our inception,” said Brett Fox, president and CEO of Touchstone Semiconductor. “He has a tremendous track record in the semiconductor business, and we look forward to tapping into his knowledge and expertise. Cathal will provide an important perspective on how we can achieve our goals.”

About Touchstone
Touchstone Semiconductor, Inc. (http://www.touchstonesemi.com) creates high-performance analog IC solutions that solve critical problems for electronics companies. Touchstone's second-source products are pin-compatible, specification identical solutions, offering customers a long-awaited alternative source for hard to get sole-sourced products. Touchstone's proprietary products provide unique combinations of features and performance that cannot be found from any other supplier. Founded in 2010, Touchstone is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. Find us at Twitter:@touchstonesemi or Facebook: Touchstone Semiconductor.

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