Culture of Innovation
Innovation’s not just a cool idea — it’s what we do.
In fact, for more than three decades Cirrus Logic has pioneered many of the great audio achievements in consumer electronics history.
From the first audio chips used in desktop PCs in the 1990s to the most cutting-edge products of today like digital headsets, audio innovation will always be our lifeblood.
Engineering drives our company, and innovation isn’t just encouraged – it’s expected! This is a culture where you get to work with some of the largest, most innovative customers and products on the planet on a daily basis and where everyone is a key contributor to the company’s success. There are no Miltons here!
1984 – Patil Systems Inc. is renamed Cirrus Logic and co-founder Mike Hackworth moves headquarters to Silicon Valley.
Cirrus Logic co-founder Michael L. Hackworth becomes CEO, pioneering Cirrus Logic’s “fabless” model for semiconductor manufacturing. Hackworth later served as Chairman of the Board from 1998 - 2012 and his leadership helped to oversee the company’s evolution and leadership in mixed-signal technology.
1989 – Cirrus Logic is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol CRUS.
1991 – Cirrus Logic acquired Crystal Semiconductor, experts in mixed-signal ICs. One of Cirrus Logic’s biggest and most important acquisitions, Austin-based Crystal Semiconductor established the company’s leadership in audio products and became the driving force of the company in the new millennium.
2000 – Key patent brings advanced Cirrus Logic’s noise shaping technologies for truly great audio to a number of end user applications.
2007 – Jason Rhode, Ph.D., becomes CEO of Cirrus Logic.
2014 – Wolfson Microelectronics acquired by Cirrus Logic. The combined offerings of both companies have created a true global semiconductor powerhouse at the heart of the fast-growing market for high quality audio solutions.
2016-2017 – Acquisitions and investments in IP for growth areas like voice biometrics, boosted amps and machine learning expanded Cirrus Logic’s worldwide presence into Madrid and Salt Lake City.
2020 – John Forsyth was named Cirrus Logic’s president, with Jason Rhode remaining as chief executive officer.
2021 – John Forsyth named as Cirrus Logic president and CEO, succeeding Jason Rhode.
Our Core Values
This place has the best work environment in terms of special events and benefits of any place I have ever worked outside Silicon Valley. Of course the difference here is that you have a work/life balance and can afford a mortgage.
Management is open and willing to try new ideas and support your efforts. This is critical to remain technical leaders in our field.
Everyone in the company is fair game when trying to get something done. I've had more communication with superiors and senior employees here than I've ever had before.
The CEO is extremely approachable and speaks with an ‘everyman language.’ I've been at several other companies and usually the CEO is someone people avoid and who speak downward toward employees. This is the exact opposite here at Cirrus Logic.
Management is willing to give contributors space to do their jobs, freedom to make mistakes (and learn from them), and support innovation at all levels.