Sentons is Software-Defined Surfaces: Bringing high-resolution touch and force sensing to various surfaces on any device, and unlocking a new level of interactivity for human machine interfaces. The company’s patented SDSwave electronic acousto-mechanics technology is in-market on a number of mobile devices, and is expanding its ability to bring richer user experiences to a dozen more phone models through both virtualized buttons and edge-gesture capture.
Sentons was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in San Jose, California, led by a team of technologists from Apple, Telegent Systems, and LSI Corporation.
627 River Oaks Parkway San Jose, California 95134 USA
No. 508, Sec. 5, Zhongxiao E. Rd. Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110 Taiwan (R.O.C.)
5F, 19 Kefa Road CR Land Tower D Shenzhen China
President and CEO
Sam Sheng, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO
VP of Finance
Jess Lee joined Sentons in April of 2019 and brings more than 25 years of executive leadership, management and development experience.
Prior to Sentons, Jess served as President and CEO of InVisage Technologies, where he established a new category of high performance cameras and image sensors. To achieve this, Jess and his team created entirely new multi-layered electro-optical device stacks fed by designer quantum dot films. Jess led InVisage from its neonatal R&D stage to product adoption & revenue with Tier 1s, over $100M of capital raises, and ultimately its exit to Apple, where he drove the M&A integration into undisclosed projects.
His previous companies include OmniVision Technologies where, as VP & GM of its Mainstream Business Unit, he drove their growth from $50M in annual sales to over $500M in less than 4 years. Jess has served in various product marketing, product management and engineering roles at Creative Labs, Silicon Graphics and Altera. He holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Samuel Sheng, PhD co-founded Sentons in 2011 and is responsible for developing and expanding Sentons’ core technology platforms. A world-renowned expert in CMOS RF and DSP development, Dr. Sheng has extensive experience in architecting and designing leading-edge CMOS RF and DSP chips for silicon tuners, ADSL transceivers, and television technologies.
Prior to Sentons, Dr. Sheng was co-founder and CTO at Telegent Systems, which was acquired by Spreadtrum Communications in 2011. Telegent Systems was a fabless semiconductor company focused on mobile television receiver products, and the fastest semiconductor startup to achieve $200M annual revenue in history. Under Dr. Sheng’s leadership, Telegent won many industry awards, including the 2009 GSA Award for Outstanding Financial Performance by Private Semiconductor Company. Dr. Sheng has also served as a Distinguished Engineer at LSI Corporation, and was responsible for architecting and implementing a series of silicon RF tuners for video-band applications, targeted for cable modems, analog/digital video over cable, and voice over IP as well as highly integrated DVD front-end technologies. Before LSI, Sheng co-led the ADSL front-end (AFE) development effort at Datapath Systems, Inc.
Dr. Sheng has authored numerous papers and publications on various topics such as low-power CMOS RF wireless systems and low-power CMOS digital design. Dr. Sheng has been awarded twenty-five patents in the areas of RF tuner and DSL modem design.
Dr. Sheng holds a BA degree in applied mathematics and BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Danny Gheorghe joined Sentons in March 2020 bringing over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting.
Prior to Sentons, Danny was Director of Finance and Accounting at Visby Medical, Inc., a healthcare technology company developing diagnostic products, where he was responsible for all finance and accounting functions.
He also served as Sr Director of Finance at InVisage Technologies, Inc., and image sensor company acquired by Apple, overseeing the finance and accounting functions.
Earlier in his career, Danny worked in public accounting in Australia and was a licensed CPA in Australia.
Danny holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Newcastle in Australia and is a licensed CPA (inactive) in the state of California.
Hartmut Rudmann, PhD
VP Modules and Integration
SVP of Sales and Marketing
Hartmut Rudmann, PhD Hartmut joined Sentons in Nov 2020 and brings over 18 years of experience developing sensors and modules for the top tier of the mobile phone industry and working in a fast-paced start up environment.
Prior to Sentons, Hartmut worked as SVP of product development for Heptagon which was acquired by ams AG in 2017. In this position he led R&D teams in Zurich and Singapore. Over his time at Heptagon he grew the Engineering team from 1 to >300 Engineers. With these teams he developed optical sensors and modules for mobile phones and wearables generating annual revenues of >500MUSD. He is holder of >80 patents.
Hartmut holds a Masters Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from ETH and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.
Remi Lacombe joined Sentons in December 2019 bringing more than 20 years of experience in strategic deals, sales leadership and marketing. Prior to Sentons, Remi was VP of Sales and Technology Partnerships at DigiLens, an Augmented Reality waveguide based transparent display company. At DigiLens, he signed multiple licensing and strategic partnership deals across the consumer technology, automotive and aerospace segments on 3 continents. Prior to DigiLens, Remi was VP of Sales and Marketing at InVisage Technologies Inc., an image sensor company acquired by Apple. Leading up to the acquisition, he was instrumental in negotiating the key customer programs in China, Japan and the USA to deliver products taking advantage of the unique properties of InVisage’s quantum dot film material.
Earlier in his career, Remi designed DxO Labs’ imaging technologies into many smartphone devices creating and growing a business that was eventually sold to GoPro. He led several entrepreneurial ventures including serving as CEO of Zandan and Co-Founder of PAS International. He previously held positions at C-Cube Microsystems, Chorus Systems and Sun Microsystems.
Remi received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University and holds Applied Science and Engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, both in Paris, France.