Chairman & CEO, CALIENT Technologies Inc.
Atiq Raza is currently Chairman & CEO of CALIENT Technologies, a leading MEMS Photonic Optical Switch Manufacturer. He also serves as Chairman of the Board at Validity, a biometric solutions company and Chairman of eASIC, a structured ASIC company. Atiq is also on the board of Seeo, a next generation Li-ion battery company and serves on the Stanford University School of Engineering Advisory Board.
Atiq Raza is an industry veteran and has been working in engineering leadership and senior management positions for the past thirty-two years. He was Chairman and CEO of NexGen, the first company to challenge Intel in microprocessors. NexGen became a public company and subsequently was acquired by AMD for approximately $850 million in AMD stock. Atiq became the President and COO of AMD and served on its Board of Directors. At AMD, Atiq laid the foundation of its processor business and brought the AMD-K6 and Athlon products to market and established the Opteron 64-bit instruction set architecture. Prior to NexGen, Atiq held various management positions at VLSI technology Incorporated, most notably the president of Technology Centers.
Post AMD, Atiq founded Raza Microelectronics Incorporated (RMI). RMI was acquired by NetLogic in October 2009. RMI as part of NetLogic is sampling the XLP Multi-issue Multi-threaded Processor, and is recognized by the Microprocessor Report as one of the most outstanding Processors in the industry today. Atiq also serves as Chief Technology Advisor to NetLogic.
Atiq has been on the boards of several successful start-ups including Mellanox (now a public company), SiByte (acquired by Broadcom for $2.2 billion), Siara (acquired by Redback for $4 billion), VxTel (acquired by Intel for $500 million) and Magma (now a public company).
Atiq has several degrees, including his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Physics from Punjab University, with a double bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from the University of London, and his Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.