About Wave Computing

Wave Computing is the Silicon Valley company that is revolutionizing artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning from the datacenter to the edge with its dataflow-based systems and embedded solutions. The company enables enterprises to accelerate their AI applications by easily and cost-effectively bringing deep learning to their data, wherever it is.

Wave’s innovative AI system solutions provide high-performance training and high-efficiency inferencing at scale. Through the company’s MIPS business unit, its RISC architecture and multi-threaded CPU cores deliver efficient, scalable IP solutions from IoT edge devices to high-end networking equipment.

Based in Campbell, Calif., Wave Computing was named a Machine Learning Industry Technology Innovation Leader by Frost & Sullivan, and a Top 25 Artificial Intelligence Provider by CIO Application Magazine. The company has more than 400 granted and pending patents, with its core values playing a significant role in the organization’s culture and how it executes on its business strategy, globally. To learn more, click here.


Executive Team

Derek Meyer
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Chris Nicol
SVP and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Jin Kim
VP and Chief Data Scientist

Dennis Bencala
Chief Financial Officer

Lee Flanagin
SVP and Chief Business Officer
Mike Uhler
SVP and Group Manager, AI Systems Group

Darren Jones
VP, Engineering

Art Swift
President, MIPS Licensing Business

Dado Banatao
Executive Chairman

Derek Meyer, Chief Executive Officer

Derek is the CEO of Wave Computing where he brings more than 20 years of executive management, corporate strategy and go-to-market experience to the company. As CEO, he leads the company’s strategy to revolutionize the AI industry with dataflow-based solutions spanning the cloud to the edge.

Prior to joining Wave Computing, Derek held executive leadership positions in both established and startup companies spanning the semiconductor and computer systems industries, including ARC, CEVA, Philips, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Harris Computers and MIPS Technologies. At MIPS, he was part of the executive team that took the company public.

Derek received his B.S. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University where he also studied for his M.S. in Astrophysics.

Dr. Chris Nicol, SVP and Chief Technology Officer

Chris is the Chief Technology Officer of the company and the lead architect of the DPU architecture incorporated into Wave’s Deep Learning Computer. In addition to his duties as CTO, Chris leads the systems team developing products, the runtime software environment and benchmarking applications using deep learning frameworks.

Prior to Wave, Chris was Chief Technology Officer, Embedded Systems at NICTA, an Australian ICT R&D organization he helped to establish, where he supported over 20 R&D projects across 5 labs in hardware and software development for intelligent, secure, robust and power efficient embedded systems. Prior to NICTA, he founded Bell Labs Research in Australia and Agere Systems in Australia and he worked for AT&T Bell Labs, New Jersey.

He received the PhD degree from the University of New South Wales and the MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is an inventor on 21 U.S. patents. He has served on the TPC of ISSCC twice, and is serving his second term on the TPC of IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design.

Dennis Bencala, Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Bencala brings more than 20 years of financial management and leadership experience to Wave Computing, with a proven track record in scaling early and mid-stage technology companies. In his role as chief financial officer, Dennis oversees the company’s financial and business operations and plays a key role in the development of its business strategy. Prior to Wave Computing, Dennis worked at companies including ikeGPS, Ikanos Communications, and SiRF Technology. While at each company, he played a critical role in partnering with management teams to drive exceptional business growth. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.

Lee Flanagin, SVP and Chief Business Officer

As Wave Computing’s Chief Business Officer, Lee leads the company’s revenue generation and go-to-market efforts. This includes the company’s Sales, Customer Support, Product Marketing, Industry Marketing, and Data Science programs. Prior to joining Wave, Lee was a member of CTO staff at Cisco Systems and ran global corporate marketing and communications for SanDisk. His background also includes holding executive and leadership positions at other leading high-technology companies, as well as serving as a Planning Commissioner for a major Silicon Valley city and as a member of two branches of the U.S. military.

Dr. Jin Kim, VP and Chief Data Scientist

Jin Kim is Wave Computing’s Chief Data Scientist and head of the company’s data science activities. In this role, he drives the company’s Proof-of-Concept (PoC) programs with key customers, and plays a critical role in helping define Wave Computing’s overall deep learning, data science and ecosystem strategies.

Jin has spent more than 20 years as a security researcher, scientist and entrepreneur, studying machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence at leading organizations. Prior to Wave Computing, he held executive positions at GraphSQL, Objectivity, Skytree and other companies. A recognized thought leader in the deep learning industry, Jin received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University where he was also an adjunct professor of Computer Science and Director of Knowledge-Based Systems.

Darren Jones, VP, Engineering

Darren is VP of Engineering at Wave Computing. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of product development including the company’s revolutionary DPU array, as well as the software and systems that make up our dataflow processing solutions.

Darren has more than 25 years of experience designing and verifying processor-based SoC chips. Most recently, he drove the successful tapeout of two generations of Xilinx Zynq family SoC's at the 28nm and 16nm process nodes. Prior to this, he worked at MIPS Technologies to deliver multiple generations of their mid-range processor IP portfolio.

Darren received a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MSEE from Stanford University. He has co-authored more than 20 patents focused primarily on processor design and multithreading.

Mike Uhler, SVP and Group Manager, AI Systems Group

Mike is the SVP and Group Manager of the AI Systems Group at Wave Computing. In this role, he leads the company’s day-to-day product operations including program management, manufacturing operations and quality, and is responsible for delivering Wave’s leading-edge technology to customers in a complete turnkey system. Prior to this, Mike was VP of Systems Engineering for Wave.

Mike has a long history in software, architecture, microprocessor, SoC and system design, with extensive experience in strategy and business development of technology. Prior to Wave Computing, he was VP of the Smart Data Acceleration program at Rambus, where he was responsible for all aspects of the program which delivered significant improvements in performance and power efficiency for big data applications in the data center. Mike’s prior experience includes leadership and engineering positions with AMD, MIPS Technologies, Silicon Graphics and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mike received the BSEE and MSCS degrees from the University of Arizona and is an inventor on 42 U.S. patents.

Art Swift, President, MIPS Licensing Business

Art Swift is a recognized industry executive who has held C-level positions at high-tech companies, international industry consortiums and open source foundations. He brings to Wave deep domain expertise in the semiconductor, processor Intellectual Property, and machine learning industries – including prior experience with MIPS.

Most recently, Art served as the Vice Chair of the RISC-V Foundation’s Marketing Committee and as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Esperanto Technologies. He is also the President of the prpl Foundation, an international organization of leading technology companies that promotes the development of open source software for embedded computing. Art will maintain his leadership position with the prpl Foundation, in which Wave is a sponsor and board member through the MIPS acquisition. Art has also held executive roles at CUPP Computing, MIPS Technologies, Unidym Corporation, Transmeta and Sun Microsystems. He is a co-inventor of three U.S. patents, and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Dado Banatao, Executive Chairman

Dado Banatao is Executive Chairman of Wave Computing and a recognized Silicon Valley entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist. Banatao has founded, funded or led numerous technology companies throughout the course of his high-profile, forty-year career, and has created more than $100 billion of market value. Those companies span the AI and deep learning, systems, semiconductor, storage, smart grid, telecommunications and networking industries.

An engineer at heart, Banatao pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration designs that still serve as two of the foundational technologies in every PC today. His discoveries also include the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip, and the first system logic chip set for IBM’s PC-XT and the PC-AT.

An avid philanthropist, Banatao is dedicated to various charities and Philippine-American development initiatives with the goal of eradicating poverty through technology. His recognitions and awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Asian Leadership Award, a Doctor of Technology degree, and many others.

Banatao holds a B.S.E.E., cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.