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Cees Links, General Manager Wireless Connectivity, Qorvo
Cees ["case"] Links is a pioneer of the wireless data industry, a visionary leader bringing the world of mobile computing and continuous networking together. Under his responsibility, the first wireless LANs were developed which ultimately became house-hold technology integrated into the PCs and notebooks we are all familiar with. He also pioneered the development of access points, home networking routers and hotspot base stations, all widely used today.
In late 2004 Cees started with GreenPeak Technologies, now Qorvo, a fabless semiconductor company with a strong focus on wireless for ultra-low power sense and control networks for remote controls for consumer electronics like TVs and set-top boxes and applications like security and home automation. Cees' vision is to "build a smarter world" by developing a communications platform between devices sensing and enabling us to control our lives.
Cees started his career at NCR Computers where he was responsible for the development and launch of the world's first wireless LAN product in 1990, a major innovation at that time. Throughout several acquisitions and divestitures (NCT, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems), Cees continued his work in the wireless LAN area, which he turned into a multi-hundreds million dollar business for Agere Systems. He directly closed a deal with Apple Computer in 1999 that ignited the growth of the wireless LAN industry. Though this deal, wireless LANs went on to become a standard notebook feature.
Cees was involved in the establishment of the IEEE 802.11 standardization committee and the WiFi Alliance. He was also instrumental in helping to establish the IEEE 802.15 standardization committee to become the basis for the ZigBee sense and control networking technology and standardization.
Currently, Mr. Links is Marketing Chair for RF4CE in the ZigBee Alliance.
Cees Links holds a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Twente University of Technology in Enschede, The Netherlands.
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