MILLIONS OF PIXELS AT A TIME
Compound Photonics is a team of scientists, technologists and seasoned business executives and our goal is to change the world of projection.
From very tiny, very bright, full HD laser projection light engines for smartphones and other mobile devices to ultra-high definition, 3D capable, cinema quality projectors, we have capabilities that are shaping the world of modern projection.
People are surprised when they visit our 20 acre campus and 40,000 square foot semiconductor and liquid crystal processing facility in Phoenix. We're in the former Motorola semiconductor fab known as COM-1. We do all of our own liquid crystal development and assembly, thin films, optics and laser development here.
We've spent more than ten years building a substantial portfolio of scientific concepts, technologies, and a pipeline of projection components and products. And, we have years of proven process optimization under our belt.
Our team has technology roots that connect from display pioneers including IBM, National Semiconductor, Three-Five Systems, Syntax-Brillian, Invisio, S-Vision, Steridian, Colorado Microdisplay, Pixelworks and InFocus.
The Compound Photonics team brings eight light engine technology disciplines together.
Imaging technologies | Laser illumination | Thin films | Digital & Analog ASIC Design | Image Processing Software | Optics | System Design
JONATHAN A. SACHS, Ph.D.Founder & CEO
Jonathan is co-founder, president and CEO of Compound Photonics. He’s a technology visionary with a broad knowledge of semiconductor materials, optoelectronics, electrical and optical properties of LEDs and lasers. Jonathan combines his technical expertise with business acumen and has created and organized companies involved in advanced displays, semiconductors, materials and telecommunications.
Prior to founding Compound Photonics, Jonathan was the CEO of Steridian, iAN (an ADC company) and AetherWorks Corporation and held executive officer management positions in public corporations Cabletron Systems and Netrix.
Jonathan earned an M.A. in Economics, an M.S. in Regional Science and a Ph.D. in Game Theory (Mathematics) & Regional Science from Cornell. He has a B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University. Jonathan has been a visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell and a lecturer at Columbia University.
STEVE STARKCOO & EVP of Engineering
Steve’s track record spans more than 20 years leading engineering teams at InFocus. Under Steve’s leadership, his teams delivered quality projection products that set the benchmarks for price/performance. Steve has integrated HTPS, DLP® and LCoS display technologies across every segment of the market. His focus is on engineering cost effective products that leverage high volume manufacturing as a competitive advantage. He has extensive experience building and managing global development teams, supply chain and customer partnerships. Steve holds multiple displays and collaboration system patents.
Steve earned a B.S.E.E. from the University of Portland.
BILL COSTIGANEVP Finance & Administration
As the EVP of Finance and Administration, Bill oversees the controller, investor and audit relations for Compound Photonics and manages human resources and recruiting. Before joining Compound Photonics, Bill held senior operations and sales positions and was a co-founder of AetherWorks Corporation.
Bill has a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara
EDMUND PASSONVP of Product Development
Ed is a technologist, engineer and management professional with extensive experience delivering category leading projection products that have generated revenues well in excess of $1 billion. Ed’s projection design experience covers complete systems from light to lens. His consumer electronics development projects include mobile cameras, HDTV display systems, film and video projection systems, cinematography lenses and laser optics. He holds multiple patents.
Prior to joining Compound Photonics Ed held senior engineering and business development positions in including Omnivision where he led teams designing optical systems for mobile phones and InFocus where was responsible for development of numerous DLP projectors and HDTV light engines.
Ed has an Honors degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the RCC School of Electronic Technology and has studied Contemporary Optics at the University of Rochester Institute of Optics
RICHARD JACKSONVP Manufacturing
Richard leads the global manufacturing team and is responsible for all manufacturing operations from developing production processes through delivery of product. He has 20 plus years of experience supplying high volume components to customers including leading mobile phone manufacturers.
Prior to joining Compound Photonics Richard was the Director of Wafer Fab Operations for Europe’s largest Gallium Arsenide fab and held multiple positions of increasing responsibility covering manufacturing, engineering and procurement at RFMD and Fujitsu.
Richard has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics
MIKE HEBBRON, Ph.D.VP of Research & Development
Mike oversees the research programs for new optoelectronic and LCoS devices for Compound Photonics. Mike’s team develops liquid crystal light valve technologies, integrated optics and optically addressed spatial light modulators. He holds multiple patents in environment sensor technologies and high emissive films.
Mike served as a Principal Scientist and Technology Leader for BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre in the UK where he developed novel gallium arsenide liquid crystal light valves and high temperature infrared projection systems. His work was awarded the Chairman’s Award multiple times.
Mike earned a Ph.D. and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Salford.
JERRY WOODALL, Ph.D.Co-Founder
Jerry is a National Medal of Technology Laureate and a pioneer in the research and development of compound semiconductor materials and devices. He coauthored 85 patents (mostly for IBM), published 365 articles in scientific journals and earned 30 consecutive annual IBM Invention Achievement Awards. His demonstration of the first working heterojunction, an interface between two semiconductor materials has been crucial in the evolution of lasers, LEDs, and other devices.
Jerry earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and has a B.S. in Metallurgy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
TERRY J. SCHEFFER, Ph.D.Principal Liquid Crystal Scientist
Terry Scheffer has been a leading scientist in the display industry for 30 years. He is the inventor of Super Twist Nematic (STN) technology and Multi-Line Addressing (MLA) technology. He is a Society for Information Display Fellow and has collected 30 patents and published more than 60 articles in scientific journals. Terry was the Chief Scientist for InFocus and Motif and his career includes successful assignments at Zight, Steridian, Tektronix, ABB, Fraunhofer Institute and Bell Labs.
Terry earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.