Fabless semiconductor start-up and developer of antenna diversity RF solutions Magnolia Broadband, Inc. has appointed Dilek Barlas as vice president of chip design. Barlas will lead and oversee the company's design, testing and commercialization of its DiversityPlus mobile diversity technology.

Barlas brings to Magnolia Broadband over 25 years of experience in strategic technology planning, product development, R&D and mass chip production in the semiconductor industry for the commercial and defense communications markets. He will work closely with the company's OEMs and carriers, such as SK Telecom

Most recently, Barlas was chief technology officer (CTO) of Communicant Semiconductor AG, a semiconductor start-up targeting wireless and communication markets. In this capacity, Barlas was responsible for assembling the core technological team and device technology development. Barlas has also held senior management positions with TriQuint Semiconductor, M/A-COM Semiconductor Business Unit, and ST-Microsonics. Barlas has a Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University and a B.S. in physics from Bates College.