Reza Rofougaran is a leading innovator, engineering executive, and entrepreneur in wireless radio with digital processors. He founded Innovent Systems in 1998, which merged with Broadcom in 2000. At Broadcom, he integrated multiple wireless systems into a single chip CMOS, enabling smart phones and mobiles devices with Wi-Fi to coexist simultaneously with Bluetooth and other wireless systems. This had a major impact on mobile devices. Over 90% of today’s internet traffic and daily wireless connections are based on these integrated chips.
Reza is a Fellow of IEEE and Broadcom Corporation. He was influential in starting and building the wireless business at Broadcom, shipping more than 1.5 billion radios per year. In 2016, he co-founded Movandi Corporation to develop a systems solution to 5G wireless network technology.
In 2018, he received the IEEE Industrial Pioneer award for research in RF CMOS and its utilization as a radio-on-chip that enables today’s smartphones. He was also recognized by UCLA as an inventor and pioneering figure in the wireless communications industry with recognition as UCLA’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year Award. In 2018, DARPA published a report on the national economic impacts of DOD funded programs from 1995-2018. According to the DARPA report, “Reza Rofougaran developed integrated networking chips that still drive’s the lion’s share of today’s wireless technology.”
In February 2020, he was elected to be a member of National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the development of system-on-chip for wireless communications. In May 2020, he received the Ellis Island medal of honor. Over the past three years, he has served as a keynote speaker at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuit Conference (2022), Stanford University (2022), and seminars sponsored by Princeton and UCSD (2021). Reza is one of the top 50 patent holders in the world, owning approximately 900 issued patents.