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Farhad Shafai

Engineering Consulting

Farhad Shafai received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science, Electrical option, from the University of Toronto in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Farhad worked for Nortel Networks as an Integrated Circuit Design Engineer and was the primary designer for the world’s first multi-megabit high-speed Content Addressable Memory device. In the summer of 1998, Farhad left Nortel Networks and founded SiberCore Technologies specializing in integrated circuits targeted for the internet infrastructure equipment. SiberCore grew to be a multinational fabless semiconductor company with customers in North America, Asia and Europe. Farhad is one of the principal innovators responsible for the technology developed at SiberCore. In addition to technical work, Farhad helped grow SiberCore’s engineering team to a peak of 45 people in 2001. He was also involved with fund raising and general management activities between 1998 and 2000. In 2004, Farhad started Sarance Technologies focused on design services and intellectual-property development for the semiconductor market place. In seven years, Sarance established itself as the leading provider of intellectual property to network equipment vendors and semiconductor companies all over the world. It grew to a multi-million dollar company with its products used in pretty much all Internet equipment produced since 2008. In 2011, Sarance was acquired by Xilinx. Farhad is a Senior Director at Xilinx and runs its Canadian engineering operations. Farhad won the Canarie IWAY award for New Technology Development in 2001 and holds 16 US patents in the fields of circuit, ASIC and system design.