Silicon Valley

California, USA






Electronics hardware professional with deep experience in managing analog and mixed-signal technology development. Strengths include analog micro-architecture, AMS methodology, design and verification of analog mixed-signal sensor sensing front-ends. Shipped billions of chips to tier-1 mobile and PC vendors. Currently building a high performance analog mixed-signal silicon development team.


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ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, SILICON ARCHITECT: Rafael Betancourt is the former Director, Analog Mixed-signal System and Verification at the System Silicon Division of Synaptics, Inc. where he was responsible for a global team that performs AMS verification of complex capacitive touch controllers, as well as integrated touch & LCD Display Controller ICs (TDDI). He also served as technical lead for various TDDI controller chips.

A people-oriented IC Design Manager/Architect with 35+ tapeouts of digital/analog CMOS IC design experience, directly responsible for the design and release to production of over a billion units. Experienced in complete product lifecycle, from initial conception through design, verification, fabrication & testing, Rafael is driven by project success and the success of the team.

Rafael received the Degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He was recipient of a Howard Hughes Masters’ Fellowship, a General Electric Foundation Fellowship, and a NASA-Ames Research Center Graduate Training Grant. Before Synaptics, he has consulted extensively for industry in Silicon Valley.

Rafael is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is also currently Vice-Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Technology and Engineering Management Society (IEEE-TEMS-SCV).

His professional interests include CMOS low-power analog and mixed-signal circuits for capacitive touch human interface devices, display electronics for LCD and OLED controllers (TDDI), the history of electronics, and engineering management of high performance teams.

Areas of Expertise: Engineering Management; Analog Mixed-signal Methodology, Micro-architecture, and Verification; CMOS VLSI and Analog Mixed-signal Circuit Design; Capacitive Touch Sensing and Integrated Touch & LCD Display Controller (TDDI) architectures.