Sophie Wilson at ROUGOL, Monday 19th April


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On Monday 19th April the RISC OS User Group Of London is very excited to have Sophie Wilson as the guest speaker.

For those that don't know (where have you been these past 30 years?!?) Sophie was chief technical designer at Acorn throughout its history. Among her many projects were:

  • Author of BBC BASIC, both the original and ARM versions (and all the earlier Acorn BASICs)
  • Designer of the Acorn System 1 (PCB, software, manuals, and putting them in boxes!)
  • Co-designer of the BBC Micro, including the Tube 2nd processor system
  • Designer of the ARM processor instruction set
  • Leader of the Arthur project, and part of its development into RISC OS, including design of the anti-aliased font system
  • Author of Replay, the advanced (for its time) video playback system

After the break up of Acorn, Sophie moved to Element-14 which was later bought by Broadcom, where she has continued to work on ARM based designs.

Sophie's talk will mostly focus on the development of the ARM processor, from its early days through to post Acorn developments such as FirePath.

As Sophie gives very few interviews this is a rare opportunity to hear the details direct from the source.

This is likely to be a very popular meeting, so get there early and enjoy a curry and a pint first

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