About Sentons
About Sentons
About Sentons
About Sentons

About Sentons

Sentons is Software-Defined Surfaces: Bringing high-resolution touch and force sensing to various surfaces on any device, and unlocking a new level of interactivity for human machine interfaces. The company’s patented SDSwave electronic acousto-mechanics technology is in-market on a number of mobile devices, and is expanding its ability to bring richer user experiences to a dozen more phone models through both virtualized buttons and edge-gesture capture.
Sentons was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in San Jose, California, led by a team of technologists from Apple, Telegent Systems, and LSI Corporation.

Locations

San Jose, California, USA
627 River Oaks Parkway San Jose, California 95134 USA
Taipei, Taiwan
4F-1, No. 29, Section 3, Ren'ai Road Da’an District, Taipei Taiwan 106
Shenzhen, China
5F, 19 Kefa Road CR Land Tower D Shenzhen China
Seoul, South Korea
#636, 398 SeochoDaero Seocho-Gu, Seoul Korea

Leadership

Jess Lee, CEO, Sentons, Inc.

Jess Lee
President and CEO

Sam Sheng, PhD

Sam Sheng, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO

Danny Gheorghe

Danny Gheorghe
VP of Finance

Jess Lee joined Sentons in April of 2019 and brings more than 25 years of executive leadership, management and development experience.

Prior to Sentons, Jess served as President and CEO of InVisage Technologies, where he established a new category of high performance cameras and image sensors. To achieve this, Jess and his team created entirely new multi-layered electro-optical device stacks fed by designer quantum dot films. Jess led InVisage from its neonatal R&D stage to product adoption & revenue with Tier 1s, over $100M of capital raises, and ultimately its exit to Apple, where he drove the M&A integration into undisclosed projects.

His previous companies include OmniVision Technologies where, as VP & GM of its Mainstream Business Unit, he drove their growth from $50M in annual sales to over $500M in less than 4 years. Jess has served in various product marketing, product management and engineering roles at Creative Labs, Silicon Graphics and Altera. He holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Samuel Sheng, PhD co-founded Sentons in 2011 and is responsible for developing and expanding Sentons’ core technology platforms. A world-renowned expert in CMOS RF and DSP development, Dr. Sheng has extensive experience in architecting and designing leading-edge CMOS RF and DSP chips for silicon tuners, ADSL transceivers, and television technologies.

Prior to Sentons, Dr. Sheng was co-founder and CTO at Telegent Systems, which was acquired by Spreadtrum Communications in 2011. Telegent Systems was a fabless semiconductor company focused on mobile television receiver products, and the fastest semiconductor startup to achieve $200M annual revenue in history. Under Dr. Sheng’s leadership, Telegent won many industry awards, including the 2009 GSA Award for Outstanding Financial Performance by Private Semiconductor Company. Dr. Sheng has also served as a Distinguished Engineer at LSI Corporation, and was responsible for architecting and implementing a series of silicon RF tuners for video-band applications, targeted for cable modems, analog/digital video over cable, and voice over IP as well as highly integrated DVD front-end technologies. Before LSI, Sheng co-led the ADSL front-end (AFE) development effort at Datapath Systems, Inc.

Dr. Sheng has authored numerous papers and publications on various topics such as low-power CMOS RF wireless systems and low-power CMOS digital design. Dr. Sheng has been awarded twenty-five patents in the areas of RF tuner and DSL modem design.

Dr. Sheng holds a BA degree in applied mathematics and BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Danny Gheorghe joined Sentons in March 2020 bringing over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting.

Prior to Sentons, Danny was Director of Finance and Accounting at Click Diagnostics, Inc., a healthcare technology company developing diagnostic products, where he was responsible for all finance and accounting functions.
He also served as Sr Director of Finance at InVisage Technologies, Inc., and image sensor company acquired by Apple, overseeing the finance and accounting functions.
Earlier in his career, Danny worked in public accounting in Australia and was a licensed CPA in Australia.

Danny holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Newcastle in Australia and is a licensed CPA (inactive) in the state of California.

Shih-Ming Shih, PhD

Shih-Ming Shih, PhD
Chief Scientist

Remi Lacombe

Remi Lacombe
SVP of Sales and Marketing

Ronald Cellini

Ronald Cellini
VP of Modules and
Manufacturing Operations

Shih-Ming Shih, PhD co-founded Sentons in 2011 and is responsible for developing Sentons’ core technology algorithms. Dr. Shih has extensive experience architecting core algorithms for storage devices, wireless transceivers and touch sensing technologies.

Prior to Sentons, Dr. Shih was CTO for Link-A-Media from 2004 to 2008 and CTO of Datapath Systems, acquired by LSI in 2004. Dr. Shih held various positions at MIT Lincoln Labs, COMSAT Labs, and IBM Corporation. Dr. Shih authored numerous papers and patents on various topics including hard disk drive and servo read channels.

Remi Lacombe joined Sentons in December 2019 bringing more than 20 years of experience in strategic deals, sales leadership and marketing. Prior to Sentons, Remi was VP of Sales and Technology Partnerships at DigiLens, an Augmented Reality waveguide based transparent display company. At DigiLens, he signed multiple licensing and strategic partnership deals across the consumer technology, automotive and aerospace segments on 3 continents. Prior to DigiLens, Remi was VP of Sales and Marketing at InVisage Technologies Inc., an image sensor company acquired by Apple. Leading up to the acquisition, he was instrumental in negotiating the key customer programs in China, Japan and the USA to deliver products taking advantage of the unique properties of InVisage’s quantum dot film material.

Earlier in his career, Remi designed DxO Labs’ imaging technologies into many smartphone devices creating and growing a business that was eventually sold to GoPro. He led several entrepreneurial ventures including serving as CEO of Zandan and Co-Founder of PAS International. He previously held positions at C-Cube Microsystems, Chorus Systems and Sun Microsystems.

Remi received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University and holds Applied Science and Engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, both in Paris, France.

Ronald Cellini joined Sentons in February 2020 bringing over 28 years of experience in semiconductor and module design, test, assembly, and manufacturing. Ron spent the last 20 years based in Asia working in various leadership roles across the region including the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore where he is currently based.

Prior to working at Sentons, Ron spent most of his career working at Analog Devices, a world leader in signal processing technologies. Ron started as a mixed signal design engineer and has co-authored 13 patents on sigma delta technology. In 2001, Ron moved to the Philippines and helped lead his company’s efforts to build and scale overseas manufacturing and engineering resources. He continued that role in China, building a customer quality engineering team to support high volume consumer and automotive customers.

Most recently, Ron worked at VESPER Technologies, an Amazon Alexa Fund company and leader in piezoelectric MEMS development. At VESPER he led their front and back end manufacturing for Asia.

Ron holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Babson College.

Board of Directors

Ford Tamer, PhD
CEO, Inphi Corporation

Greg Papadopoulos, PhD
Venure Partner, NEA

Feng Deng
Founding Managing Director, NLVC

Forest Baskett, PhD
General Partner, NEA

Jess Lee
President and CEO

Sam Sheng, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO

Paul Gray, PhD
Professor Emeritus,
Executive Vice Chancellor and
Provost Emeritus, UC-Berkeley

Investors