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Menlo Micro Brings in Power Products Business Unit Leader to Continue Proliferating its Industry-Leading Technology

February 27, 2024

Leadership Expansion will Drive Market Development and Strategic Growth to Power Market


IRVINE, Calif., February 27, 2024

Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro), the company responsible for bringing to market the greatest electronic component innovation since the transistor with its Ideal Switch® technology, today announced that it will be expanding its senior leadership team by hiring Chris Umminger as the company’s Vice President of Power Products. Mr. Umminger will oversee the newly formed Power Products Business Unit and will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Yalcin Bulut.

Mr. Umminger joins Menlo Micro after serving as Senior Director of Power Path Products at Linear Technology and Analog Devices. There he led the development of integrated circuits that controlled, protected, and monitored power. As head of the Power Products Business Unit, Mr. Umminger will help drive Menlo Micro’s power switch technology which has been sampling with various early-access customers since 2023.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Umminger join us at Menlo Micro. With decades of experience in the power market, strong design expertise and his former experience of working with high-level customers on product definition and design, he will help support Menlo Micro’s vision of bringing disruptive power product technology to the market.” said Yalcin Bulut, COO. “We have already started building strong customer engagements with our ultra-low on-resistance MM9200 Ideal Switch and I am confident that Mr. Umminger will accelerate this trajectory.”

“Menlo Micro’s strong, innovative, and impressive product portfolio coupled with its expanding market presence drew me to the company,” noted Mr. Umminger. “This is an exciting time in Menlo Micro’s strategic growth, and I look forward to helping deploy the Ideal Switch® technology in power applications.” 

Mr. Umminger holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and has a master’s and PhD degree (both in electrical engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

About Menlo Microsystems, Inc.

Menlo Microsystems is on a mission to create a more energy efficient and sustainable world with an entirely new category of electronic switches. The Ideal Switch® eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds. Menlo Microsystems is bringing more than 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power, and cost to dozens of industries such as medical, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial IoT (Internet of Things), and test and measurement. For more information, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn, X, and Reddit.

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