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RED Semiconductor appoints James Lewis as CEO

RED Semiconductor Limited announces the appointment of James Lewis as Chief Executive Officer. Joining RED Semiconductor’s technical founders, James Lewis adds significant experience of funding, building and commercialising semiconductor and hi-tech start-up companies.

Lewis was co-founder of UK chip start-up Oxford Semiconductor, and was responsible for initiating its global design wins into major computing and mass storage customers, and went on to establish and lead the company’s US division before the business exited via acquisition by Silicon Valley-based PLX Technology. Subsequently Lewis was a founder of Redux, a business specialising in electronic components and systems for haptic and audio UX applications. With successful design wins into automotive, aerospace and consumer product developments, Redux was acquired by Google.

James Lewis said,
“The microprocessor sector of the electronics industry is at a point of massive disruption, creating fantastic new opportunities for start-ups. We are witnessing a situation where traditional CPU architectures are becoming bogged down by their own history, and the core licensing model is in legal and IP turmoil. Customers and developers are rapidly looking towards the freedom of new open-source platforms, and RED Semiconductor is targeting the algorithmically intensive application sector where its vector instruction technology delivers maximum computation with minimum binary size leading to reduced chip cost and power consumption. Moreover, RED’s architecture is fully auditable, meaning it is ideal for tomorrow’s secure computing ecosystems. Independent of third-party IP and semiconductor fab dependencies, and with open/libre design flow, the opportunity for RED is vast.

David Calderwood, co-founder and Executive Chairman of RED Semiconductor said,
“James has proven capabilities as a team leader and his blend of technical, commercial and business-building experience will bring critical vision and leadership to RED Semiconductor as the company engages with industry and finance”.

About RED Semiconductor

RED Semiconductor’s mission is to develop and deliver a new class of microprocessor chip set optimised for vector instructions that enable complex computational routines to be performed in fewer clock cycles, with smaller binaries, and consuming less power than any existing microprocessor of comparable capability. The company is based in the United Kingdom and was formed in 2021.


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