Prof. Rob Maunder

dr rob maunder is part of the accelercomm team delivering 5GRobert 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

Dr Taihai Chen is part of the accelercomm team delivering 5GHaving 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.

Tim Penhale-Jones
VP Sales & Marketing

Tim Penhale-Jones is part of the accelercomm team delivering 5GTim joined AccelerComm in June 2016 from ARM, where he had most recently held the position of VP EU Partner Management, with responsibility for selling ARM’s extensive IP portfolio throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Prior to ARM he spent nearly 10 years with Tensilica (now part of Cadence), as Sales Director, selling customisable processor IP in Europe.  In 2001 he became Marketing Director for Sony Semiconductor having moved from Texas Instruments, where he had held roles in field applications, technical sales and sales management, across TI’s entire catalogue of products. Tim has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering Science from Salford University

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