XMOS now has a new Chief Technology Officer and member of the Board of Directors with the arrival of Simon Knowles.

The company highlights that it appointed Knowles partly due to his strong track record as both engineer and entrepreneur, having co-founded and exited two highly successful fabless semiconductor companies, Element14 Inc. and Icera Inc, for a combined value of over $1billion. He is also well known as a leading microprocessor designer, responsible for ground-breaking designs at STMicro, Element14, and Icera.

With this appointment, Knowles brings experience of managing large global teams and delivering innovation, with a focus on customer needs and product quality.

Simon has extensive expertise, gained from an extremely successful career as entrepreneur and technologist developing advanced semiconductor products. I am delighted to have Simon join our executive team,” said Nigel Toon . “

“As CTO, Simon will be responsible for defining the future generation of XMOS multicore microcontroller products, driving our silicon development activities, as well as collaborating with customers and the academic community on the next generation of applications for our products, which include real-time communications, sensor fusion, autonomous vehicles, driver assistance, robotics, smart vision and embedded machine learning.”

“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, said Knowles: 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.

Professor David May, of the Computer Science Department at Bristol University, and the original founding CTO of XMOS, will continue to act as a consultant and advisor to the company.