Our Founders

Dr. Ronald E. Reedy

Ronald Reedy was born on Long Island, NY, in 1948. He was raised in Scottsdale, AZ, where he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, from which he graduated in 1969 with a BSEE. He then earned an MSEE degree from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and was assigned to various posts in the US Navy. He ended his active duty assigned to Naval Electronics Laboratory in San Diego, CA, where he began a lifelong R&D career in silicon CMOS processing. In 1977 he launched what would become a 12-year R&D initiative, which culminated in the improved silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) technology now known as Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology. He was awarded a PhD in EE & Applied Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1983 and continued to manage the R&D team at the Naval Electronics Laboratory until departing to start Peregrine Semiconductor in 1990. It was in this role that he started a long relationship with colleague and co-founder, Dr. Mark Burgener.

As founding CEO of Peregrine Semiconductor, Ron built foundry relationships that provided key manufacturing capabilities and enabled the company’s first commercial product successes. Building such relationships was imperative to Peregrine’s early endeavors because deploying a proprietary manufacturing process technology while operating in a fabless business model presented formidable challenges. During the subsequent 10 years, Ron and the start-up Peregrine navigated management changes, industry cycles and financial strains, and persevered.

Today, Ron serves as Peregrine’s chief technology officer managing the company’s technology activities and intellectual properties. As co-inventor of UltraCMOS technology and with 35 years of experience covering all aspects of semiconductors, including work beyond CMOS such as charge-coupled devices (CCDs), indium phosphide (InP), integrated optoelectronics, fiber optic communications and photonic systems, Ron continues to contribute extensively to the semiconductor industry. He has earned dozens of patents and published or presented hundreds of technical articles, submissions and conference presentations. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member and is consistently invited to lecture at industry and university workshops. A tribute to his career is that he and co-founder Mark Burgener received the world-renowned IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies in 2011. Ron and his wife, Robin, reside in San Diego, CA, and they, along with their children and grandchildren, enjoy the beauty of southern California.

Dr. Mark L. Burgener

Mark Burgener was born in Reno, NV, in 1954. He was raised in Torrance, CA, and later moved to San Luis Obispo, CA, where he attended Cuesta Community College to study art, physics and mathematics. After receiving an associate’s degree, Dr. Burgener went on to study physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1978. He continued his studies at the University of California, San Diego, where he received his PhD in 1989. Dr. Burgener’s professional career started as a civilian scientist at Naval Ocean Systems Center San Diego in 1980. In that capacity he worked in several focus areas including over-the-horizon laser communications, heat analysis and basic material properties of certain plastics. He worked for nearly eight years on silicon on insulator (SOI) materials and processing. His PhD thesis was focused on thin film SOS electrical properties.

As a co-founder of Peregrine Semiconductor, Dr. Burgener has had many diversified responsibilities including the early process installation and development with Peregrine’s foundry partners; SOI modeling and material evaluation; circuit and device library development; and prototype product demonstrations. As co-inventor of UltraCMOS® technology with more than 34 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, Mark’s exceptional vision continues to drive the intellectual property portfolio of innovative technologies, capabilities and products at Peregrine. Some of his recent accomplishments include leading efforts and co-creating the first capability demonstrations of high power RF switches, cellular power amplifiers, DC-DC converters and the first RF switch to operate at zero hertz using UltraCMOS processing. He has also led the submission and eventual publishing of over 35 patents, and he has authored or co-authored a dozen technical papers. A tribute to his career is that he and co-founder Ron Reedy received the world-renowned IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies in 2011.

Mark and his wife, Sandra, have been living in San Diego, CA, since 1979. They have two daughters and a growing extended family, with which they share many hobbies including martial arts, math, puzzles, reading, art, exercise and gardening.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore was born in Fresno, CA, and raised in Phoenix, AZ, where he became close childhood friends with co-founder Ron Reedy. The two young boys competed in diving and swimming, and enjoyed the sport of falconry—the use of trained birds of prey in the hunt for game—which a decade later provided the muse for naming the fledgling start-up company Peregrine Semiconductor. As a young adult, Rory moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where he studied and received his BS degree from the University of Michigan.

Throughout his career, Rory’s entrepreneurial spirit brought him in front of many high-tech ventures for which he provided seed-round funding, including and Optical River. He joined one such firm, Silicon Wave, Inc. (pioneer of the Bluetooth IC) as founding CEO. Silicon Wave’s highly disruptive products became quite successful in the wireless communications market, and, as a result, the company was sold in 2004 to RFMD. In 2006 these Bluetooth assets and the San Diego division were acquired by Qualcomm. However, it was his ongoing commitment to Reedy and Burgener and the promising technology achievements they were making that make Peregrine his most intriguing success story. Rory provided the start-up capital and in 1990 took on the role as the company’s first CFO, responsible for finance, business development, marketing and human resources. He led the funding efforts of the early investor rounds, which totaled more than $18M from friends and family of the founders.

Today, Rory is highly active in southern California’s technology community as CEO of CommNexus, a leading technology trade organization. He continues as CEO of EvoNexus, a pro-bono technology incubator located in San Diego, which he founded in 2009 with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of CommNexus. Rory continues to make angel investments in technology firms throughout the region, and further hones his personal interests in unlimited aerobatic competition flying, scuba diving and surfing.