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Innovators in Microwaves & RF - Women in Science & Engineering: Ginel Hill, MEMS Engineering Director, SiTime

Dec. 6, 2023
Ginel Hill was the technical lead for SiTime's TempFlat MEMS that enabled 30X improvement in temperature stability over temperature and the company's market-making 32-kHz TCXOs.

Ginel Hill’s outstanding contributions as the technical lead at SiTime have propelled both the company and the broader timing industry forward, demonstrating exceptional innovation and technical mastery.

Her work on SiTime's TempFlat MEMS technology was a groundbreaking achievement, delivering a 30X improvement in temperature stability. This technology development was much more than a marginal gain; it was a major leap forward that set new standards for timing performance and reliability across the industry.

Under Ginel's leadership, SiTime has not only kept pace with the evolving demands of time measurement—from seconds to milliseconds and down to nanoseconds—but has actively driven this evolution, ensuring that the company’s precision timing technology is ahead of its time. Her ability to consistently deliver innovations that disrupt established norms and transform markets has set a high bar of achievement in the timing industry.

The 32-kHz temperature-compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) are a testament to her technical acumen, as they have played a critical role in positioning SiTime as a market-maker, solidifying the company's leadership position in the timing industry.

Ginel’s dedication to innovation did not stop with the TempFlat MEMS. She skillfully incubated the ApexMEMS process, guiding it from its initial stages of development to the production of working samples. This initiative led to yet another 30X improvement, this time in power efficiency for high-performance resonators, further solidifying SiTime's reputation as an industry pioneer.

Her relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to pushing the boundaries of what's possible has been instrumental in building SiTime's reputation as the leading supplier of MEMS-based precision timing products.

SiTime stands today at the forefront of the timing industry, redefining what's possible with silicon MEMS technology. In doing so, the company is disrupting a 100-year-old industry based on quartz resonator technology and is transforming the future of the $10 billion timing market.

Ginel has played a pivotal role in this technology-driven transformation. Her innovations have permeated every facet of SiTime's operations, from product development to market strategy, ensuring that the company is well-positioned to lead the timing industry in the connected intelligence revolution.

In a world where accurate timekeeping has become an indispensable component of all electronic devices, Ginel’s contributions ensure that SiTime’s products are synonymous with quality, reliability, and cutting-edge performance. Her work has set a new standard of excellence for the industry, ensuring that the precision timing products are not only an ideal fit for today's demanding applications, but are also resilient against the temperature, electrical, and mechanical stressors that are an inevitable part of electronic operations.

Ginel Hill's exceptional talent, innovative spirit, and unwavering dedication to advancing the state of the art in precision timing make her a standout nominee for this recognition. In addition to contributing to SiTime's market success, she has played a pivotal role in redefining an entire industry, ensuring that the company remains at the vanguard of innovation in timing technology for decades to come.