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Reza Rofougaran Receives the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2020

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Movandi Co-Founder Awarded Highest Honor for His Contribution  in Transforming the Communications Industry

IRVINE, Calif., May 7, 2020Movandi, a leader in new 5G Millimeter Wave (mmWave) networks, announced today that its CTO, CO-CEO and founder Dr. Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran was named a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2020. Reza’s was honored for pioneering advances in the development and commercialization of analog and mixed signal circuits for modern communication systems, in particular Radio Frequency (RF) design for smartphones and wireless networking.


Reza’s Rofougaran vision and accomplishments have had a major impact on the wireless industry and these systems are shipping in billions of flagship products across nearly every industry and wireless application. You may not know it, but you likely own one or more devices that contain the wireless technology or systems that he has directly contributed. Reza holds 868 patents, ranking him as one of the top 30 patent holders in the world.

The award recognizes those “who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate, their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity. They do so while acknowledging their debt to their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.”

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was established in 1986 by the Ellis Island Honors Society and has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards. This year’s group of honorees and previous honorees include U.S. Presidents, Members of Congress, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders of industry and education, as well as significant figures in literature, news, sports and entertainment.

The Ellis Island Honors Society honors the importance of immigration to America’s prosperity and celebrates the contributions immigrants and their progeny have made to our nation. The medal is presented annually to those who have shown an outstanding commitment to serving the nation either professionally, culturally or civically, among other criteria. The medal will be presented to Reza and other distinguished Americans at the Ellis Island Medals of Honor gala in the Fall, in Ellis Island’s Great Hall, where immigrants were once processed.

About Reza Rofougaran

Reza Rofougaran is a leading pioneer, engineering executive, inventor and entrepreneur in the wireless communications industry. He has pioneered research in RF CMOS technology and led the integration of the RF radio with digital processors to enable short range wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, and short-range wireless network, Wi-Fi, and millimeter RF. He was the co-founder of Innovent Systems in 1998 that merged with Broadcom in 2000, while at Broadcom he pioneered the integration of multiple wireless systems into single chip. Most recently, he co-founded Movandi with a mission to revolutionize 5G everywhere.

In 1998, at Innovent Systems Reza started research and development in RF CMOS, RF radio, and digital processing to enable short range wireless connectivity, that intimately led to Broadcom’s purchase and merge of Innovent in 2000, that intimately led to Broadcom’s purchase and merge of Innovent in 2000. In 2005, at Broadcom he integrated multiple wireless systems into single chip CMOS, enabling smart phones and mobiles devices with Wi-Fi in coexistence with Bluetooth and other wireless systems. This had a major impact on mobile devices and over 90% of today’s internet traffic and daily wireless connections are though these integrated chips that Reza developed. In 2006, he became a Broadcom fellow for his contribution to RF CMOS and radio technology that was critical in building the wireless business at Broadcom that shipped in excess of 1.5 billion radios per year.  In 2010, he became an IEEE Fellow for his contribution to integration of RF radios into single chip CMOS technology. In 2016, he founded Movandi Corporation developing 5G wireless network systems. In 2018, he received IEEE Industrial Pioneer award, for research in RF CMOS followed by a leading role in industrialization of single-chip CMOS radio-on-chip that enable today’s smartphones. He was also recognized by UCLA as a pioneering figure in the wireless communications industry and a prolific inventor, awarded the UCLA 2018 Alumnus of the Year. With more than 850 issued patents, he is one of the top patent holders in the world, appearing in 77 publications and receiving 20 awards. Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran received his BS in 1986, MS in 1988, PhD in 1988 from UCLA.

About Movandi

Movandi is the fastest growing 5G mmWave solutions company with a mission to revolutionize 5G Everywhere. The company was founded by internationally recognized siblings, leaders and innovators, Reza and Maryam Rofougaran. Today’s top leaders in the wireless industry, whose innovations have shaped and transformed wireless in the last few decades. Having pioneered wireless systems. Movandi is solving real-world 5G mmWave deployments with unmatched differentiation and high performance core technology in 5G integrated circuits, antennas, systems, and algorithms design disciplines, to enable 5G to its full potential. Movandi’s flexible solutions solve 5G mmWave deployment cost and schedule challenges and provide future-proof solutions utilizing mesh and routing to further improve 5G coverage and capacity. Movandi’s strong and diverse system portfolio of IP and patents plays a critical role across the complete 5G ecosystem, from infrastructure to mobile, while allowing for maximum 5G coverage.  www.movandi.com