About @Thouky

Designer of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth ICs and lover of live folk music and comedy...


My days are spent architecting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ICs for mobile applications at the which acquired from (Cambridge Silicon Radio) in 2012. I started there in 2000 writing Bluetooth firmware, before migrating to Wi-Fi. As a Fellow my role is now that of overall technical lead, covering both hardware and software.

Prior to Samsung/CSR I developed software for industrial gas detectors at the Sieger division of Zellweger Analytics (now ). They sponsored me through my Engineering and Computing Science degree at the (), and I stayed with them for five years after graduating (with a First) in 1995.

More details of my professional career, qualifications and patents can be found on my LinkedIn profile.


When I get the opportunity I enjoy live performances, especially of folk and acoustic music. Favourite artists include Alison Krauss, Bellowhead, The Burns Unit, Darline, Dixie Chicks, Emily Smith, Indigo Girls, Jess Morgan, Madie & Tae, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Megson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sugarland, The Waifs and The Willows. I regularly attend the Cambridge and Ely folk festivals, as well as smaller sessions.

I am also keen on live comedy. My favourite performer is currently Pippa Evans, especially as her disturbed American singer-songwriter alter ego Loretta Maine, but also as part of The Showstoppers ensemble.


Outside of work I am active on the committee of the . As chair of the group I led the 2007 rewrite of the Village Design Statement through to its adoption by South Cambridgeshire District Council (the Local Planning Authority) as a Supplementary Planning Document. I also participate in the group's review of planning applications and produce the group's newsletters.

Usually I also have a few home automation (domotics) projects on the go. Beyond their obvious utility, these project also provide an opportunity to develop and maintain engineering skills beyond those used in my job. A recent project involved logging and charting the data from a Wi-Fi enabled central heating thermostat along with external weather data from online services. Another looked up Caller ID details in my contacts database and online lists of telemarketers to announce the details of callers via networked music players around the house.

I am also a keen amateur photographer; the picture providing the background to this page was taken at the Tokyo Dome City. I also enjoy cooking and entertaining.

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