It started with a vision. Michael Hsing, pioneering engineer and CEO, founded Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS) in 1997 with the belief that an entire power system could be integrated onto a single chip, which would greatly enhance system performance and eliminate most of the iterative design efforts. Prior to founding MPS, Michael was a Senior Silicon Technology Developer at several analog IC companies, where he developed and patented key technologies, which set new standards in the Power Electronics industry.
In order to execute his vision, he created groundbreaking enabling technologies using a fully integrated power process in a CMOS foundry. In May of 1998, a single-chip solution for powering CCFL backlighting in Notebooks was launched. The product substantially reduced the total solution cost and design complexity, as well as significantly improved power conversion. As a result, this product stormed the laptop market by taking 40% market share in 2003 and 80% in 2005.
Immediately the company diversified into DC/DC products, which again reset the industry standard. In November 2004, Michael took the company IPO. Since then, the company has grown to 6 product lines with more than 1000 products and thousands of customers. In 2013, Michael fulfilled his vision: MPS introduced an industry first – a cost effective Monolithic Power Module that truly integrates an entire power system onto a single package, entering the industry into a new era of power management.
Today with 18 years of nonstop innovation, MPS is pushing technology to an unprecedented level: 1200 volts and 80A current with the 5th generation of process technology, continuing to lead the power semiconductor industry.
Whether he is flying planes, white water kayaking, or mountain biking, Michael is constantly creating cutting-edge solutions to improve the quality of life with green, easy-to-use power solutions. Under his passionate and creative leadership, MPS has succeeded not only in developing a monolithic power module that truly integrates an entire power system in a single package, but also it continues to defy industry expectations with its patented groundbreaking technologies.
Saria Tseng has served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2004 and additionally as our Vice President, Strategic Corporate Development since 2009. Ms. Tseng joined the Company from MaXXan Systems, Inc., where she was also Vice President and General Counsel from 2001 to 2004. Previously, Ms. Tseng was an attorney at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, LLP and Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Ms. Tseng is a member of the state bar in both California and New York and is a member of the bar association of the Republic of China (Taiwan). She holds Masters of Law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Chinese Culture University in Taipei.
Bernie Blegen has served as our Chief Financial Officer since July 2016 and is responsible for finance, accounting, tax, treasury and investor relations. From August 2011 to March 2016, Mr. Blegen served as our Corporate Controller, and from March 2016 to July 2016, as our interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Blegen joined MPS with more than 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, tax, finance and accounting in the semiconductor, software and publishing industries. Prior to joining MPS, Mr. Blegen held a number of executive finance and accounting positions for other publicly traded technology companies, including Xilinx, Inc. and Credence Systems. Mr. Blegen is a CPA and holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.