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Nick Taylor
Director of Hardware Engineering Names CW5631 SoC as Core for New Product Designs

November 18, 2008

Bedford, MA. ChipWrights, Inc., a subsidiary of AD Group. AD Group’s new Director of Hardware Engineering is excited about ChipWrights technology and the versatility the technology will provide his engineering team. Several new product designs based on ChipWrights’ technology are currently in development. “We have a great engineering team and I am proud to lead them in creating high-performance new platforms for a wide range of products,” said Dr. Nick Taylor, Director of Hardware Engineering for England-based AD Group, parent group of ChipWrights, Inc.

“One particularly exciting aspect is the close involvement with ChipWrights. We are now working on a number of designs based around their innovative and powerful System-on-Chip, CW5631. This will form the core for many new products, ranging from our own NetVu Connected CCTV systems to digital media products for a variety of consumer applications," adds Taylor.

Dr. Taylor originally joined the hardware development department of Dedicated Micros as a Senior Engineer in 1997 and became Hardware Development Manager for AD Group in 2004. In his new role, he will assume responsibility for all hardware development, including both electronic and mechanical engineering activities, across all AD Group companies. ChipWrights is a subsidiary of AD Group.

Nick has a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Electronic Communication and a PhD in Digital Audio Coding, both from the University of Salford. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Electronics and Technology and of the Audio Engineering Society. Previous development roles include digital broadcasting for the ITV companies based at Granada Television; professional audio at AMS Neve working on digital mixing consoles and disk-based recorders and group leader for physical design of custom ICs at Fujitsu.

About the CW5631 SoC

The ChipWrights CW5631 Visual Signal Processor (ViSP) is an embedded System-on-Chip (SoC) designed for multi-purpose applications that require rapid digital imaging processing, small size, and low power consumption. The CW5631 offers an alternative to fixed function devices in imaging applications. It is optimized to handle large volumes of streaming data while providing a scalable and programmable platform. The chip combines a CWv16 DSP (SIMD processor with sixteen 32-bit parallel processor datapaths), a RISC Serial Application Processor, and an ARM926EJ-S RISC processor for control operations. It also features streaming video input and output ports, Analog video outputs, USB 2.0 OTG, I2S audio, Compact Flash, Secure Digital/MMC card, and 10/100 Ethernet interfaces, in addition to other SoC features. This makes the CW5631 an ideal platform for portable or embedded digital media products.

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