Prof. Rob Maunder
Robert G. Maunder 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 AccelerComm Ltd has been built.
Dr. Tom Cronk
Executive Chairman & Acting CEO
Tom joined the Accelercomm 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.
Dr. Taihai Chen
Director & IC Design Engineer
Having completed his doctorate at Southampton University in 2015, Taihai joined Dr. Rob Maunder’s research team to focus on exploring enterprise opportunities in highly-parallel algorithms and architectures for high-throughput wireless receivers which was the foundation for AccelerComm.
Taihai started his career as an Early Career Researcher and is now a Director and IC Design Engineer at AccelerComm. He has published several papers in IEEE journals and conferences and was selected to present their technology at SET for Britain at the House of Commons in March 2016.
VP Sales & Marketing
Rob joined AccelerComm in April 2018. He has over 20 years experience designing, marketing and selling major technology solutions in a complex B2B environment. He has worked at executive level, globally for semiconductor, enterprise, IoT and mobile industries. His experience includes leading commercial teams for major companies like ARM and Oracle. After completing his MBA at Warwick University Robert went on to be CCO of a private equity backed software technology company Marmalade Technologies.