RedCat Devices (RCD) is a privately held european fabless semiconductor company involved in several fields of research concerning both volatile and non volatile memories for special applications. RCD experience comes from high density memory design (NAND and NOR) for consumer applications and integration of silicon devices (ASICs) in the field of aerospace. RCD has been established in 2006 thanks to a local funding from Milan Chamber of Commerce and Lombardia Region (Technological Voucher for Research and Development) for a project concerning the study and the development of semiconductor memories to be used in space applications. In that circumstance RCD established a JDP with University of Milano (in the beginning with the Department of Information Technology and then with the Department of Physics) in order to evaluate possible process and architectures able to resist mainly to radiation either from TID (Total Ionizing Dose) and SEE (Single Event Effect) point of view.
Cristiano Calligaro was born in Ivrea, Italy, in 1967. He received the laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electronics and Information Engineering from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 1992 and 1997 respectively. After obtaining the Ph.D. degree he moved to MAPP Technology srl, a company active in the field of research, development and production of software supporting quality assurance, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems according to the main rules (ISO, OHSAS, BRC, IFS). In MAPP Technology he acted as CTO (Chief Technical Officer) working mainly on software architecture and legacy systems for large companies (Bayer, Unilever, Danone, ABB, Alstom Power, etc…). In the same period he also acted as independent consultant for ST Microelectronics in patent applications for very high dense memories and 3D memories. In 2006 he established RedCat Devices srl in response to a public funding from Milan Chamber of Commerce in order to create start-ups in Milan area. In the same year he became CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of MAPP Technology srl. During his career he was involved in memory design (volatile and non volatile) both for consumer application (multilevel flash memories) and space applications (rad-hard memories), in cell design for high speed phase generation (Fermi AD2000 Project), charge pumps for flash memories and software design for SEE evaluation using standard CAD tools (Cadence, Tanner, Mentor). His current research interest is focused on rad-hard libraries to be used for rad-hard mixed signal ASICs, stand-alone memories (SRAMs and NVMs) and testing methodologies for rad-hard components. He holds about 20 patents mainly in the field of multilevel NVMs and is co-author of about 30 papers. He has been coordinator of RAMSES and FISAR project and he is actually coordinating ATENA Project (Italy-Israel Cooperation Progeamme) and FP7 262890 SkyFlash Project.