AccelerCommTM was born from the vision Rob Maunder while professor at Southampton University – to found a company around his wireless communications PhD research team. Today we are continuing to grow our centre of excellence in the UK which is the base for all our semiconductor IP development work.
Every day, our purpose is to deliver innovative, ground-breaking technology that enables cost effective, market leading digital communications that achieve robust, error resilient, ultra-high performance. We want to accelerate the next generations of wireless communications used around the globe.
Our channel coding (or Forward Error Correction (FEC)) solutions overcome the effects of noise, interference and poor signal strength that would otherwise limit the speed of wireless communication. We do this by providing thought leadership, working closely with industry bodies, research institutions and customers to ensure the best algorithms are selected and that we develop IP that’s optimal in performance for any given communication system.
It’s our vision to become the number one supplier of channel coding, demodulation and channel estimation solutions and we will achieve this by supplying best in class hardware and software technology, measured in terms of throughput, latency and efficiency at the system level.
Our leadership team
Tom joined the team as Chairman in 2017, bringing commercial experience gained from 25yrs in the semiconductor industry. He is also CEO of ADP Semi Ltd and provides independent consulting services.
Tom was with ARM Ltd for 17 years where he held key positions through the companies’ exciting growth periods. His roles included driving ARM processor use in wireless, as the digital cellular standards emerged and then later wider market adoption. He served as the General Manager of the Processor division through the development and deployment of the 64bit architecture products and was ultimately responsible for global commercial operations and product licensing. Tom has also worked in semiconductor distribution and prior to ARM for Hitachi Europe in their microcontroller business.
Tom graduated with a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and gained his doctorate in engineering from the University of Portsmouth in 1992, where he researched parallel digital signal processing techniques and their application to complex radar data.
Rob is an industry authority on channel coding, having gained his PhD in Wireless Communications in 2007 from the University of Southampton. He has published over 100 IEEE papers and resources on the holistic design of signal processing algorithms and hardware implementations for error correction decoders, including Turbo, LDPC and Polar decoders.
Rob’s research has reframed the industry debate around channel coding for 5G and significantly changed the direction of the 3GPP’s RAN1 working group. In spite of long-standing myths to the contrary, this work has shown that both turbo and polar decoders can benefit from arbitrarily high degrees of parallel processing, without compromising hardware efficiency. This has enabled significantly improved throughput and latency, without requiring excessing chip area or power consumption. This breakthrough has formed the foundation upon which AccelerCommTM has been built.
Drew’s commercial experience spans over 34 years in the semiconductor industry working for both startups and multinational organisations. He worked at ARM for 12 years, initially in sales and then their licensing organisation where he became SVP Commercial Operations.
His responsibilities in this role focussed on the management and development of all licensing business models and revenue growth plans for each of ARM’s business lines. Working for the world’s leading IP company provided a unique opportunity to work with many of the industry’s leading technology companies across all key segments and geographic regions; personally developing a wide commercial insight on what makes for a successful IP business.
Robert is an experienced commercial executive with over 20 years working in advanced technology business, including ARM and Oracle.
Robert believes with a growing remote consumer lifestyle, radio technology and error correction will become a key solution to solving communication problems in a demanding power, performance and spectrum budget. He has worked at executive level, globally for semiconductor and enterprise in IoT and mobile industries. A driver of product strategy with a deep understanding of technology mapped to customers requirements and the overall impact on the business.
Robert graduated with a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and gained his MBA from the University of Warwick.
Our research, to drive the development of high-performing wireless communications in an increasingly connected world, attracts funding from companies invested in our success and gives us access to a greater network of experts. Our current investors are:
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