Liam Madden is at the helm of the Wired and Wireless Group (WWG) at Xilinx, charged with driving the company’s communications business and positioning Xilinx as the platform of choice in wired and wireless applications. Under his leadership, WWG is building upon Xilinx’s momentum in SerDes technology and data converters and will drive critical soft IP. Madden is responsible for expanding Xilinx’s communications business, leveraging the ongoing disaggregation in the communication ecosystem, and accelerating total time to market for Xilinx’s customers.
Since joining Xilinx in 2008, Madden has been responsible for all Xilinx chip development, advanced package technology, and system design. He has been instrumental to Xilinx achieving silicon product leadership with the highly successful 28nm, 20nm, and 16nm product families. He is also responsible for the introduction of stacking technology at 28nm, leading the industry in integrating multiple devices on a silicon interposer for which he received the 2013 Semi Award. Madden is also credited with integrating Gb/s data converters into Xilinx products as part of the RFSoC product line, aimed at revolutionizing 5G radio solutions and related products. Most recently, Madden oversaw the release of Versal – Xilinx’s first 7nm product offering and the industry's first Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP), as well as Alveo, a portfolio of powerful new accelerator cards targeting the data center.
Prior to joining Xilinx, Madden was a senior fellow at AMD, where he drove the next generation chip integration methodology. Over the course of his distinguished career, Madden also contributed to a range of industry-leading products, including high performance and low power microprocessors (Alpha and StrongArm at DEC), embedded processors and IP (MIPS), and consumer devices (Xbox 360 at Microsoft).
Madden holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University College Dublin (UCD) and a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at UCD and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland. He also sits on the board of the Science Foundation Ireland.