Systems4Silicon was formed in 2005 by communications systems professionals eager to apply their accumulated experience ranging from advanced research to product design. From a foundation in design services, we developed technology and expanded into a global business with clients spanning the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan.
Our back-story ...
Racal Communications Systems
Bristol University’s Centre for Communications Research
Marconi Secure Radio Systems
Wireless Systems International
(start-up power amplifier company)
(wireless systems design consultancy)
Powerwave Technologies Inc
(RF subsystem manufacturer)
Paul Turner - Founder and CEO
Paul is an electronics systems engineer specialising in wireless communications and digital signal processing.
For his PhD at Bristol University’s Centre for Communications Research Paul conducted research into advanced reception techniques for the then emerging 3G mobile communications standard. From the CCR he joined Wireless Systems International where he took a lead technical role in a number of wireless system developments and developed a broad and deep technical expertise encompassing advanced research, product development and engineering project management. In 1998 he joined Toracomm; a start-up wireless communications design consultancy based in Bristol UK. Here Paul contributed to a range of programmes and the development of the company’s engineering processes, prior to its acquisition by Powerwave Technologies in 2001.
In 2005 Paul was co-founder of design services provider Systems4Silicon for which he currently holds the position of CEO. This role incorporates business development and management, combined with project management and technical contributions to satisfy client requirements.
Richard Hewitt - Founder and CTO
Richard is an electronics systems engineer specialising in wireless communications and digital signal processing.
Beginning his career with Racal Communications, Richard was a key member of the team that developed one of the earliest man-pack transceivers based upon digital signal processing technology. Following a move to Bristol in 1994, Richard joined Hewlett-Packard Labs where he contributed towards one of the research programmes that led to the standardisation of UMTS/3G. He also conducted some of the earliest research into the application of OFDM to in-building networks based upon the 802.11 standard. By this time his broad technical experience, ranging from advanced research through to design for production, led to his employment by start-up design consultancy, Toracomm in 1998. With an enthusiasm for business practice and customer satisfaction Richard contributed significantly to the growth of Toracomm, culminating in its acquisition by Powerwave Technologies in 2001 having expanded from 7 to 25 staff.
In 2005 Richard was co-founder of design services provider Systems4Silicon for which he currently fulfils the position of CTO. Within this role the tasks of business management are combined with the project management and technical contributions for client contract fulfilment.
Richard Bennett - Technical Consultant
Richard is a systems engineer with product development experience within the wireless communications industry and specialisms in digital signal processing and embedded software.
Richard began his career at Marconi Secure Radio in Portsmouth. While there he worked on encrypted telephone radio products and gained considerable experience of the radio communication industry. In 1995 he joined start-up Wireless Systems International as one of its first employees. Working first in the design services sector, he contributed to a telemetry system for the oil industry amongst other projects. Later he worked on linearised power amplifiers for the GSM EDGE and WCDMA mobile standards including what is believed to have been the world’s first multi carrier amplifier incorporating digital predistortion (DPD) technology. Joining Powerwave in 2002, he continued working on multicarrier power amplifiers and remote radio heads using DPD technology.
Richard joined Systems4Silicon in 2008 as a technical consultant. In this role he mainly works on design services contracts using his skills in digital signal processing, software development and radio communication.