Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, announces two new executives. Keith Bargroff (left) was promoted to serve as the vice president of engineering, and Sumit Tomar (right) was hired as the vice president of product marketing.
Since the Murata acquisition in 2014, Peregrine has experienced tremendous growth—both in employee headcount and in new market opportunities. As the team and product portfolio expanded, Peregrine created two new senior leadership positions. Semiconductor-industry veterans Keith Bargroff and Sumit Tomar have been selected to bring their knowledge and expertise to Peregrine’s growing team.
“Since the Murata acquisition, Peregrine’s technology and product portfolio has increased substantially, and we are continuing to hire top-notch engineering talent worldwide to support our aggressive growth plans,” says Dylan Kelly, chief operating officer at Peregrine Semiconductor.
“I am excited to announce that Keith Bargroff and Sumit Tomar have accepted senior leadership positions at Peregrine to further strengthen our leadership team. For the last two years, Keith has led Peregrine’s technology platforms department, and he has the ideal background and skill set to serve as our new vice president of engineering.
"We also welcome Sumit Tomar to Peregrine. Sumit’s proven track record and his strong industry network in the wireless ecosystem will be a great asset for Peregrine. We look forward to working closely with Keith and Sumit as Peregrine continues to expand and develop industry-leading semiconductor products," Kelly concluded.
An over 25-year industry veteran, Bargroff is a highly accomplished engineering leader and designer with a broad range of market and technology expertise including RF, analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, IoT and communications, energy management and instrumentation equipment. Prior to Peregrine, Bargroff served as chief technology officer of Enverv, a fabless semiconductor company he co-founded to develop communications system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the energy-management and IoT markets.
Bargroff was also co-founder, principal engineer and director of technical strategy for RF Magic, a fabless semiconductor company that was acquired by Entropic Communications in 2007. His other work experience includes management experience at Elektradyne, Wavetek and Datron Instruments and engineering positions with IBM and Qualcomm. Bargroff has been granted 15 patents and has over 22 pending patent applications.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Brunel University in London, and he completed coursework in BiCMOS analog circuit design and advanced bipolar analog integrated circuit design at the Imperial College in London.
Tomar is a 20-year industry veteran with a proven track record of marketing and product management successes. No stranger to the RF ecosystem, Tomar has a solid understanding of RF products and has driven product execution from inception to production for 100s of market-shaping products.
From 2012 to 2016, Tomar served as the general manager of Qorvo’s wireless infrastructure business unit. In addition, he worked in RF product management at Texas Instruments, Sierra Monolithics and Skyworks. His product marketing experience spans 4/5G smartphone and radio access networks, automotive semiconductor, 802.11ax access points, SDN/NFV for data centers, and machine learning and artificial intelligence for mobile edge networks.
In 2016, he co-founded C-RAN Inc., a startup that is developing a 5G RF system prototype. Tomar holds a master of science in electrical engineering and completed the Stanford executive management program.