Meet our team

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Stephen Farson
CEO

Stephen has over 30 years experience in the microelectronics and semiconductor sectors working initially in the defence industry and subsequently for semiconductor companies Conexant Systems Inc, NXP Semiconductor BV, Trident Microsystems Inc and Entropic Communications Inc. He holds a BEng (1st class) in EEEng from the Queens University of Belfast and an MSc in Engineering Business Management from The University of Warwick

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Chris Armstrong

Principal Engineer

Chris has over 15 years experience developing semiconductor IP for a range of applications. He has been one of the main designers on the complete range of Amphion IP and has worked on video codec IP and SoC development for over 10 years. He has worked for semiconductor companies Conexant, NXP, Trident and Entropic. He holds an MEng EEEng from the Queens University of Belfast

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Allen Foster

Senior FW Engineer

Allen is an experienced video firmware (FW) engineer who has worked in the semiconductor industry for 10 years. He has worked at a number of semiconductor companies including Conexant, NXP, Trident and Entropic. He was one of the main developers of the Amphion FW and has supported that FW through integration into a range of SoCs and SW architectures. Allen holds an MEng EEEng from the Queens University of Belfast

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Doug Ridge

Business Development Manager

Doug has over 20 years of experience in customer facing roles in the semiconductor and silicon intellectual property markets. He spent 9 years at Altera Corporation where he managed a team of field applications engineers (FAEs) and also at eSilicon where he managed all IP company interactions for the design and manufacture of customer SoCs. He holds PhD and BEng degrees in EEEng from The Queen’s University of Belfast.

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Albert Simpson
CTO

Albert has worked in the electronics industry for 25 years, starting in the defence industry before joining an IP start-up and entering the semiconductor industry. He has been a lead architect and main designer for all of the Amphion IP and has worked for a number of semiconductor companies including Conexant, NXP, Trident and Entropic. He holds an MEng EEEng from the Queens University of Belfast

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Michael McErlean

Principal Engineer

Michael is a  versatile, multi-disciplined engineer with over 10 years experience developing hardware, DSP and embedded FW applications in a range of digital video applications. He has worked at a number of technology companies including Agilent, Conexant and NXP. Michael holds an MEng in Computing and Electronics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

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John Dunlop

Senior FW Engineer

John is an experienced systems and firmware (FW) engineer with over 20 years in the semiconductor industry including 10 years in the development and application of video codecs. He has worked for a number of semiconductor companies including Hitachi, Motorola and NXP. As one of the main architects of the Amphion FW he has supported its integration into multiple SoCs and system architectures. John holds an BEng in Computer and Electronic Systems from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow