Ken Austin (inventor)

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Ken Austin is an inventor, technologist, Chairman of Inview Technology Ltd and an expert in the Electronic program guide (EPG) field.[1] His company, based in Northwich, Cheshire, UK is privately owned. Between 1986 and 1996 he was Technical Director and Vice Chairman of Pilkington Micro-elec Ltd.[2] [3]

He is a self-taught electronics expert and was the first to secure patents for digital television programme guides during the early 1990s.[4][5]

Parallel computing is based on his early ideas, as is the "Infinite" programmable gate array which he developed in 1989.[6]

Sir Robin Buchanan Nicholson, FRS, FREng (ex Chief Scientific Adviser to Margaret Thatcher) said in the Sunday Times that "Ken Austin is a true inventor of commercial merit."[citation needed] He also featured in the book Organising Genius by Paul Thorne (ISBN 978-0631169598). [7]

In 2011 video on demand (VOD) company OnDemand teamed up with Inview Technology to launch video-on-demand (TVOD, SVOD) services on connected TVs.[8]

In 2012 he announced an EPG platform which turns a low-cost ("tier 2") TV into a connected or Smart TV.[9]


  1. ^ "Kenneth Austin, Chairman at Inview Technology Ltd". Linked In. 02/03/2012. 
  2. ^ "Kenneth Austin: Semi-conductor integrated circuits/systems". Patent Fish. 02/03/2012. 
  3. ^ Nakamoto, Michyio (23 October 1992). "Pilkinton arm wins chips deal". The Financial Times. p. 14. 
  4. ^ "InView ready to switch on global market". Manchester Evening News. 02/03/2012. 
  5. ^ "TV Patents taken by Ken Austin". Patent Lens. 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ ""Infinite" programmable gate array makes incremental changes on the fly. (product announcement)". Original article from: Electronic Design. 11/01/1990. 
  7. ^ Fishlock, David (7 December 1989). "Glass Breaks into Chip Market". The Financial Times. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "On Demand, Inview launch VOD on connected TVs". Rapid TV News. 2011-02-21. 
  9. ^ "Inview’s own Official Website". Inview. 2012-03-19. 

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