• Who we are and what we do

    What we do

    Founded in 2016 by a group of talented engineers with extensive experience in optical transmission, and software architecture and development, Lepton Systems develops Layer 1 switches to automate the connection of the physical layer in a variety of test environments. The physical layer is considered the final roadblock to 100% test automation, yet existing product offerings are typically morphed from designs that were intended for other purposes, or use expensive technology and present a difficult cost-benefit analysis.


    Our goal at Lepton was to develop a Layer 1 switch that addresses the shortcomings of existing market offerings in terms of scalability, media, and data rates, at an affordable price. We have achieved this goal with our ColdFusion switch, an affordable, large-scale, data rate and media versatile Layer 1 switch. With leading-edge technology, ColdFusion's architecture will allow it to evolve with industry changes paving the way for Lepton to continue to support future Layer 1 switching applications.

    Yossi Maish

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Yossi co-founded Lepton Systems to use his expertise to develop the best software and hardware solution for streamlining test automation. Yossi joined us from Ixia Communications where he conceived IxLoad, Ixia's L4-7 product line, and led multiple teams to build the industry's highest scale and performance product line. Yossi earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. He also won the CEO Award for Excellence, and was part of the New Generation Leadership program.

    Eli Laufer

    VP of Technologies & Co-Founder

    Eli co-founded Lepton systems because he believed the industry could offer a better Layer 1 solution. Eli's background includes over two decades of experience in both start-up and established companies, creating and delivering cutting-edge optical, electrical, and wireless communications systems from Layer 1-7. Eli earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technion the Israel Institute of Technology and began his career in Israel. He came to the United States, where he earned his citizenship, and was part of the team that put together the first Ethernet switch on a chip.

    Darrin Hanke

    Vice President of Sales

    Darrin’s experience with Layer 1 Switches started in 2001 when the industry was in its infancy. Since then, he has seen the emergence of need and technologies while he gained in-depth knowledge of the marketplace and applications. Darrin brings expertise in sales management, strategies, market development, customer attainment and top-line revenue growth. He’s known for achieving exceptional results through his motivational leadership style. Darrin attended Bellevue College and Linfield College majoring in Business Administration and Management.

    Julie Alnwick

    Director of Marketing

    Julie's experience with automated testing goes back to the 1980's when she was Vice President of Marketing for Hekimian Laboratories (later purchased by Spirent ). She managed and directed their remote testing product line (L1 plus testing). After she took time off to raise her family, she met Eli Laufer at MRV and joined the Layer 1 switching team as sales support, eventually becoming product line manager. In all, Julie has over 20 years experience working with Layer 1 switches at levels including executive, sales, product management, and marketing. Julie attended the College of Saratoga in California. She and Bill Gates share the same moniker of "college drop-out".

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