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Eric Colard leads product line management for Microchip’s TimeProvider 4100 and Integrated GNSS Master solutions for the telecom, utility and other industries. Colard’s leadership includes product definition, customer interaction, outbound promotions and business development. He has held successive technical and leadership roles at technology companies in the U.S. and Europe. He began his career as an engineer in the networking arena on X.25, frame relay and other protocols at companies including Alcatel and Cap Sesa Telecom. He later held successive product management and business development leadership roles in networking, security, and other areas at Novell, Tumbleweed, FaceTime and Vernier Networks. As the industry rapidly progressed, Colard increasingly became involved in wireless data compression and TCP/IP optimization. In 2007 he joined Symmetricom and architected and built the SyncWorld ecosystem with partners Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Cisco. Through acquisition Symmetricom became part of Microsemi, which today is part of Microchip.

Colard holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science, both from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (now Telecom ParisTech) in Paris, France. He is a member of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Open Compute, Telecom Infra Project and Small Cell Forum. He has received an award for his industry contributions from the Small Cell Forum.

Posts by Eric Colard

A matter of time: Ensuring precise time and synchronization for critical infrastructure Posted on 22 Mar 2021 in the From the Magazine & Mobile categories.

Critical infrastructure services such as telecommunications, utilities, transportation and defense are of national strategic importance. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) lists 16 such sectors considered vital for... Read more»

Distributing high-precision time over optical networks in the 5G world Posted on 21 Apr 2020 in the Latest News & Mobile & Opinions categories.

By Eric Colard Head of Emerging Products, Frequency & Time Systems Microchip Technology Mobile operators are investing heavily in the deployment of LTE-Advanced and 5G networks that will transform cellular... Read more»