XMOS Ltd., a pioneer of C-programmable event-driven multicore processors, has appointed Simon Knowles as chief technology officer and a member of the board of directors. Knowles replaces Professor David May of the Computer Science Department at Bristol University, and the original founding CTO of XMOS.
Professor May will continue as a consultant and advisor to the company, XMOS said.
Knowles is being appointed to drive silicon development activities and achieve success in demanding applications such as sensor fusion, driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicles, robotics, smart vision and embedded machine learning.
Knowles was a co-founder and chip designer with two significant UK fabless chip companies, Element 14 Inc. and Icera Inc. The two companies were sold for a combined value of $1 billion. Knowles reports to XMOS CEO Nigel Toon. The two were colleagues at Icera.
"Simon has extensive expertise, gained from an extremely successful career as entrepreneur and technologist developing advanced semiconductor products," said Toon.
Knowles said: "Embedded systems are becoming much more sophisticated and will require much higher levels of compute. Applications such as robotics, machine vision, and natural language interfaces will drive innovation in processor architecture and energy efficiency for decades. These applications will require embedded machine learning and the impact on society will be profound. XMOS is perfectly poised to build a leadership position in these new growth markets, with its unique distributed, deterministic compute platform, deep existing customer engagements, and strong financial backing."
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