Management and Team

Dr. Markus Pistauer


Dr. Markus Pistauer is founder and CEO of CISC Semiconductor GmbH and President of CISC Semiconductor Corp.

Markus Pistauer was born in Austria. He holds a Master degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1991) and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Control Engineering (1995), both from Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Having four years of experience as software engineer and software consultant and studies at University of California, San Diego, Markus Pistauer became research engineer at the Department for Sensoric, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft m.b.H., Graz in 1991 und Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics at Graz University of Technology. From 1995 he worked four years as Research and Design Application Engineer at Siemens Semiconductor Devision and was also Senior Lecturer for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the Carinthian Tech Institute – University of Applied Sciences.

As founder of the company in 1999, he was the winner of the Business Plan contest “Biz.Plan” in 1999/2000, and 2004 the winner of the “Innovation & Research Prize for the Province of Carinthia 2004”, received in 2006 the Economy Award, in 2007 the IKT Prize, in 2008 the Austrian Export Prize as well the Austrian State Award for Consulting, in 2012 the Innovation Award and finaly in 2014 the Carinthian Export Prize.

He is member of the IEEE, member of several international program committees for conferences like “Informationstagung für Mikroelektronik”, “IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control”, “International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications” and advisory board member of ENIAC Austria.

As author and co-author of more than 70 publications in areas of computer science, soft computing, simulation, control and IC design techniques he is still also active in R&D.

Dr. Pistauer is also acting as evaluator and reviewer within the 7th European Framework Program and the European Horizon 2020 Programm. As technical expert he is also reviewing projects executed within the European EUREKA framework.

His technical interests cover the fields embedded and cyber physical systems, modeling, simulation and optimization techniques.

DI. Josef Preishuber-Plügel

Josef Preishuber-Pflügl, CTO

DI Josef Preishuber-Pflügl is Executive Vice-President, CTO and Business Manager RFID+NFC of CISC Semiconductor GmbH.

Starting on 125 kHz reader concepts, Josef Preishuber-Pflügl got involved in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in 1995 with his Master thesis on LF (125 kHz) reader demodulator at Graz University of Technology in Austria. He worked in several areas of RFID engineering and product management for system design, reader, tag and tag ASIC development covering all frequencies of passive RFID.

Currently, he is active participant in several standardization groups in the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC31 area, convener of the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 WG4 for RF Communications, he is project editor for the ISO/IEC 18000-63 and he is also deeply involved in the GS1 EPCglobal work.

Inside CISC, he has built up the BU RFID+RFComm with its major activities in modeling, simulation, design and evaluation of RFID systems and RFID applications for LF, HF and UHF. The major focus in RFID system design was on product support and system design with simulation and measurement tools. This includes a full simulation environment for EPCglobal™ UHF Class 1 Generation 2 based application considering protocol, identification software and detailed RF aspects. Today the focus is on RFID+NFC test equipment and test services.