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Jim Westwood joins Amino hardware design team

Cambridge, 18 February 2004: Set-top box (STB) vendor Amino has appointed Jim Westwood to its design team as Hardware Development Manager. In this position he will head up the hardware product design group and take responsibility for strengthening the design processes in the company. Most recently of Pace Microtechnology, he has a wealth of experience of successful STB product designs for companies in and around Cambridge, including Sinclair Research and Cambridge Computer.

While at Pace, Jim successfully managed, researched, designed and developed various IP-connected digital STBs and home gateways. Before this, as a self-employed consultant, he was involved with the Cambridge ‘Video on Demand’ trial where he designed and developed the consumer access ‘final drop’ equipment into initial trial quantities. Prior to this, he co-founded Cambridge Computer with Sir Clive Sinclair in 1986. Here, he developed the prototype ‘Astra’ STB including the tuner and persuaded the company to take on the project, creating a team to design and develop the dish and receiver. He was also responsible for leading the company into DVB at its inception.

“Jim’s exceptional track record of product design in various fields of electronics and his understanding of the IP STB marketplace will be of great benefit to us,” said Paul Fellows, Director of Engineering at Amino. “His experience, particularly in specialist areas such as RF design, will further strengthen our award-winning design team and the process of creating new and exciting electronic products.”

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About Amino
Amino is an electronic systems designer specialising in products for multimedia distribution such as on-line digital video and audio, as well as data reception. Its range of small, low cost, high functionality set-top boxes and gateway products are available as manufactured units or as licensable designs for hotels and hospitality markets, healthcare, retail and education, as well as networked and broadcast markets. The company offers a shared risk and reward approach that enables the rapid implementation of cost-effective services.

Amino, based in Swavesey, near Cambridge, was founded in 1997 and is privately held. It has received £15m in funding from business angels and institutional investors.

For further information please contact:

Geoff Boyes/Gerald Cross, EML

The Albany Boathouse, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5BB.

+44 (0)20 8408 8000, amino@eml.com

Amino Communications

Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge. CB4 5UQ.

+44 (0)1954 234 100, https://www.aminocom.com

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