CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom -- January 30th 2014 -- UltraSoC Technologies, the pioneering company developing advanced on-chip analytics for debugging and optimisation of embedded electronic systems, today announced the appointment of Graham Pink to the Board. This comes a week after the announcement of the appointment of Chris Gilbert as Non-Executive Chairman.
Graham is an experienced technology entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of semiconductor IC engineering, from digital implementation, packaging and fabrication through test. Graham began his career as an engineer for Lucas Aerospace. He then spent seventeen years at Cambridge Consultants where he led various projects on metering and communication products, fault tolerant computing systems and ASIC developments. In 1999 he co-founded CSR and served various roles there for the next eleven years including SVP Engineering and EVP R&D. He was the architect for CSR’s industry leading developments in package, test and engineering. He also grew the department to over 100 specialists helping to transform CSR into the most successful fabless semiconductor company in the UK, growing from 9 people to over 1500 and producing over 2 billion chips.
More recently Graham is a member of the UK Electronic Skills Foundation and has been CEO of IPICSI where he continued to advise fabless chip companies on business strategy and product development. Graham has a BA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.
Karl Heeks, Chief Executive of UltraSoC said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome such an experienced and knowledgeable executive as Graham to the Company. UltraSoC’s CTO, Andrew Hopkins, added ‘Graham’s start-up experience and track-record of developing world-changing technology will be invaluable as we build UltraSoC to become another successful UK semiconductor business.’
Graham commented, ‘I am honoured to have been asked to join the Board of UltraSoC at this exciting stage of its evolution. I look forward to the challenges ahead and will bring my skills and experience to help them achieve their full potential. I am really excited about this company’s prospects.’
Luke Hakes, Principal at Octopus said ‘The commercial and technical expertise that Graham brings coupled with the seasoned entrepreneurial experience of the new Chairman, Chris Gilbert, will put UltraSoC’s Board in a strong position to lead the Company in its next phase of growth. We are excited about the opportunities in the coming year’
About UltraSoC (www.ultrasoc.com)
UltraSoC Technologies is a VC-funded independent provider of SoC infrastructure to enable rapid development of embedded systems based on advanced SoC devices. The Company, backed by Octopus, is pioneering advanced debugging technology for the embedded electronic systems increasingly used in many everyday products from cars to mobile phones. The Company is developing UltraDebug®, an advanced debugging and system optimisation technology for multiple processor systems used to debug the application software that delivers the functionality and performance in modern electronic systems.
About Octopus Investments (www.octopusinvestments.com)
Founded in 2000, Octopus is one of the UK’s fastest growing investment management companies. We currently manage £3 billion of assets on behalf of 50,000 customers. We offer a straight-talking approach to investments, exceptional customer service and a range of products that do what they say they will.
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