Advanced Analog Front-End Design

Our highly-differentiated Analog Front-End (AFE) is composed of best-in-class high-speed and high-resolution analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (ADCs and DACs) which provide the interface between the real-world signal coming from the cables and the digital processing engine.

Mixed-Mode Signal Processing Architecture (MMSP)

We have designed a novel analog architecture that we call MMSP, which provides a different partitioning of signal processing between the analog and digital domains, leading to optimized power and die size.

Multi-Core Signal Processor Architecture (MCSP)

We use our proprietary transistor-level implementation and mapping techniques to create highly efficient multi-core processing engines, which we call MCSPs.

Advanced power management techniques

By combining innovative techniques based on back biasing and voltage scaling, our engineers were able to significantly reduce the impact of static and dynamic leakage power.


Together with Cisco, Freescale and Xilinx, we formed the NBASE-T Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of the 5G/2.5G technology. Aquantia is the first company in over 40 years of Ethernet existence to have a standard created purely from its own technology. We are the sole inventor of AQrate technology and the only supplier of multigigabit ICs in production today. Aquantia played a key role is pushing the Multi-Gigabit technology through the standardization process within IEEE. In September 2016, IEEE officially approved IEEE® 802.3bzTM as a standard, a record timeframe of less than 2 years from proposal to approval.



technology_ramin_fRamin Farjadrad, PhD
Senior Vice President, Technology Development

Ramin Farjadrad is a co-founder of Aquantia and served as its Chief Architect from 2005 till 2012, as the Vice President of Technology from 2012 till 2015, and as Vice President, Technology Development, reporting to the CEO’s office since 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science from Sharif University in 1994, and MS and PhD from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering Computer Science in 1996 and 2000 respectively. MoreLess

Dr. Farjadrad has established himself as a leading architect of high-performance communications semiconductors with wide range of expertise in analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), signal processing and coding. He started his career at SUN Microsystems in 1995, and joined the Stanford Center for Integrated Circuits (CIS) in 1996 where he proposed and developed a mixed-mode architecture for low-power multi-Gbps transceivers, including the first 10Gbps PAM4 SerDes in 1998. He also co-founded Velio Communications and served as Chief Engineer from 1999 to 2003 when it was acquired by Rambus and LSI Logic. He then served as a senior principal at Rambus till 2005. Dr. Farjadrad holds over 80 granted/pending patents and has published numerous papers in the field of communication ICs and systems.

Ramin Shirani
Senior Vice President, Engineering

Ramin Shirani has spearheaded engineering for Ethernet communications products in for more than 25 years and he is highly adept in mixed-signal, integrated circuit (IC) design. In addition to leading the company’s engineering efforts, Ramin is a co-founder of Aquantia. From the company’s inception, he has played a key role in building the team, raising capital, and most importantly running the engineering of products from concept to production to market introduction. His technical direction has enabled Aquantia gain the leadership position in Data Centers with its 10GBASE-T transceivers. MoreLess

Before Aquantia, Ramin co-founded Enable semiconductor, a mixed-signal Ethernet PHY company, which was acquired by Lucent Micro-electronics in 1999.  At Lucent Ramin was the general manager for all Physical layer IC developments including the optical carrier product line, and Ethernet physical layer devices with cross-functional teams on research initiatives with Bell Labs. Ramin started his career in 1987 at National Semiconductor as an analog design engineer, and in 1991 he led the first integrated 10BASE-T MAC and PHY IC which was designed into various systems including Apple PCs. He became the technical manager and lead for National’s market entry and subsequent 90% market share for 100BASE-TX transceivers. Ramin invented the Ethernet auto-negotiation mechanism, which has been built into billions of Ethernet devices. Ramin has 21 granted and 10 pending patents in IC design and communications.