Who we are
Founded in March 2017 and based in Grenoble (France), Hprobe is a spin-off company of SPINTEC (one of the leading spintronics research laboratories worldwide) and benefit from many years of research in the field of magnetic testing.
Hprobe is today able to offer a unique patented technology of multidimensional magnetic field generator for magnetic devices and sensors wafer level characterization and testing.
Current product line includes dedicated tools for characterization and testing of MRAM (STT, SOT, VCMA) and Magnetic Sensors (TMR, GMR, etc.) in all phases of the magnetic technology development.
The company is currently working with all major foundries worldwide involved in the manufacturing of MRAM devices.
Hprobe is based in Grenoble, France and is a spin-off company of Spintec CNRS/CEA/UGA laboratory.
Dr. Laurent Lebrun encompasses a strong experience as a CEO for 12 years in different companies in the field of metrology, machining, and machine-tool, and brought three small companies, to turn around the business to growth. He was hired in 2016 by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and worked with the Linksium SATT (Société d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologies) incubator for the Grenoble-Alps area to industrialize the spintronics technology, which led to the spin-off of Hprobe at the beginning of 2017. Laurent Lebrun holds a Ph.D. in new product design and a Business school diploma from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM – Paris, France).
Dr. Siamak Salimy has 10+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He developed advanced CMOS devices and technology in Atmel foundry in France before joining the Semiconductor Division of Teledyne Dalsa in Canada. He was there scientist in charge of CMOS technology development and MEMS sensors test development. In 2014, he joined an innovative MEMS startup company (DelfMEMS) to organize the test department and release in production a competitive testing solution for RF MEMS in the mobile market. Dr. Salimy is also co-founder of China Consultants International and scientific committee member of ePeer Review. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nantes and he is engineer from the Polytech School of Engineering.
Dr. Nozières has more than 30 years of experience in research and industry, from start-ups to large corporations, both in France and in the US. Jean-Pierre is also the co-founder of the SPINTEC laboratory, one of the premier spintronics laboratories worldwide, which he directed for ten years. After a decade exploring disk drives technologies, he has been focusing for the past 20 years in magnetic random-access memory (MRAM). His commitment to finding practical applications for research has given rise to four startups: Crocus Technology (2006), where he served as Chief Technology Officer, eVaderis (2014), Antaïos (2016) for which he is actually appointed as Chairman & CEO, and Hprobe (2017). He has also worked at the French National Research Center ‘s Louis Néel Laboratory, IBM Almaden Research Center and Applied Magnetics Corporation (USA), amongst others. Jean-Pierre holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Grenoble University and an engineering degree from Grenoble INP, France. He is the inventor of multiple patented innovations (most of them licensed to the companies he created) and the author of more than 100 scientific publications. In 2017, he was awarded the CNRS Medal of Innovation in recognition for his outstanding contribution to technology transfer from research to market.
Sales and Marketing Director – Yann Richard.
Yann Richard has 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry. After two Masters of Sciences, one in physics of semiconductors and one in electronics from the University of PARIS (UPMC & Denis Diderot – Jussieu), he completed his scientific and technological background with a Master of Management of Technology, with a specialization in Marketing of Innovation, at EM LYON School of Management (AMBA, AACSB).
Yann started his career in the semiconductor industry as Marketing (Innovation Marketing, Product Line Manager) and Business Development manager, chasing new customers for new breakthrough products launched on the market. He worked for Thales (MEMS), Atmel/E2V (CMOS Image sensors), Dolphin Integration (Microcontrollers – Silicon IPs), and had also a key role at Freescale for supplying all the Fab equipment for a ramp-up of production (capital sourcing supply management).
Hprobe is supported by 4 key major international investment and semiconductor firms sharing Hprobe’s vision to become the worldwide leader in the characterization and testing of magnetic devices at both wafer-level and device-level.
Hprobe’s investors provide an exceptional depth of expertise, a global ecosystem of partnerships and the endorsement of industry market leaders coming from both R&D and Manufacturing:
High–Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) a public-private venture capital investment firm based in Germany focused on high potential high-tech start-ups.
ITIC a Taiwanese venture capital firm, subsidiary of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) bringing a depth of tech expertise and a global ecosystem of partnerships with world-class foundries
TEL VENTURE CAPITAL which strives to leverage the capabilities of its parent Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL)— the world’s leading company of semiconductor production equipment including industrial automatic probers, which are used on the backbone of Hprobe tools. TEL has put its sales network at the service of Hprobe development.
Our International Sales Team
NANI – Daniel MONTAG for North America
Daniel Montag has over thirty years of experience serving the device, thin film and materials markets of North America. During this time he has worked with large multinational corporations and a number of startups. Since 1997 he’s been supporting customers in the thin film magnetics industries including TFH, MRAM, sensors and inductors. Daniel is uniquely qualified to assist you with your R&D and manufacturing magnetic test requirements.
AQUILARIS – Jean-Baptiste THERESSE for China
Building bridges between France and China, Aquilaris specializes in the high-tech sector, helping french technology startups and SME’s to develop their business in China. Together with experts and partners, Aquilaris promotes collaborations with Chinese leading companies and organizations, from R&D partnerships to manufacturing agreements. Immersed & passionate about Chinese culture for more than 15 years, Jean-Baptiste Theresse is the founder and Senior Consultant of Aquilaris. Before founding Aquilaris, Jean-Baptiste worked for various companies in business development & strategy in China, Russia, Eastern Europe, and France.
HTSi – Steven WANG for Taiwan
Hermes Testing Solutions (HTSi) is a subsidiary of Hermes-Epitek providing DRAM testing, vertical probe card selling, customized design and modification. HTSi has been serving the semiconductor testing industry for more than 15 years, providing DRAM testing solutions, and customized products. As a distributor, HTSi has very good sales channels and a strong service team working with key customers and increasing their business scope.
HERMES EPITEK – Yeo Keng Chye for Singapore
Hermes-Epitek was founded in 1977 in Taiwan and started its Singapore operation in 1992. Over the years, we have become a leading player in this industry by holding true to our vision: to be a World Class Service Company for the Semiconductor Industry. Yeo Keng Chye has been with Hermes-Epitek for more than 20 years supporting sales and service in Singapore.