Soft-switching pioneer, Pre-Switch, appoints Jason Cuadra as VP Engineering

Highly experienced designer, manager and new product visionary

Pre-Switch, Inc., the Silicon Valley start-up that is delivering soft switching for DC/AC and AC/DC power conversion, has announced the appointment of Jason Cuadra to the position of VP Engineering.

An industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience in power converter design,  Cuadra has in-depth knowledge including of magnetics, EMC, control, resonant conversion, design automation, and high volume production.   He is an experienced engineering manager, having led teams in the testing and development of new technology. He joins Pre-Switch from Loon LLC (Google X) where he designed and re-architected the power converters on the payload of Loon’s stratospheric balloons for providing LTE cellular service to users in remote areas of the world.

Cuadra’s previous applications management responsibilities include reference board design, customer engagement and working closely with Marketing, Sales, and FAEs. Comments Bruce T. Renouard, CEO, Pre-Switch: “We are very pleased to have Jason join our team where his design and management skills will be a great asset to us. His customer-facing and sales support experience will be instrumental in continuing our accelerating new product development.”

Pre-Switch’s forced-resonant soft-switching topology replaces the traditional IGBT driver or Silicon Carbide driver with a common intelligent controller board, the Pre-Drive3, and an application-specific plug-in RPG (Resonant Power Gate) module optimized for the customer’s chosen SiC or IGBT package. The Pre-Switch architecture reduces cost, increases efficiency and extends EV range by 5-12%, while reducing size and weight. A new video explaining the technology and its application to EVs is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN2sp0D79oc

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