Silicon Valley, CA (November 8, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only startup incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, announced today that Esam Elashmawi, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC), has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Esam Elashmawi brings to the role 30 years of semiconductor and equipment technology, and industry experience. Over the past decade, he has successfully managed and developed solutions and equipment for the datacenter, automotive, defense, communications and industrial markets.

"I’m extremely pleased to have Esam join our board, as our incubator has grown significantly over the past few years, now covering a wide range of startups targeting a broad variety of technologies, market segments and geographic regions. Esam’s business acumen, global experience and in-depth executive level expertise in the semiconductor industry will be invaluable to our strategic planning and international expansion plans,” said Pete Rodriguez, CEO of Silicon Catalyst.

Prior to his recent appointment at Lattice, Esam served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Microsemi Corporation since 2010 responsible for their datacenter, timing solutions and programmable logic product lines. Mr. Elashmawi previously served as Vice President of Product Development at Actel Corporation, which Microsemi acquired in 2010. Earlier in his career he co-founded SiliconExpert Technologies, a component management software company, which was acquired by Arrow Electronics. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Esam Elashmai stated, "My involvement in the semiconductor industry has afforded me an opportunity to manage and develop numerous initiatives to drive business growth, at both public and private electronics companies. I am excited to be joining the board at Silicon Catalyst at this point in time, as it will enable me to remain active in the semiconductor startup scene and to contribute to the on-going selection process and nurturing of the companies admitted to the Silicon Catalyst incubator.”

About Silicon Catalyst

Silicon Catalyst is the only incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with facilities, a path to funding, tools, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies’ novel technology solutions. Silicon Catalyst was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 ACE Award for Start-Up Company of the Year.

Visit Silicon Catalyst at