About me

I am a technical writer with over 30 years experience as a software and hardware engineer in the semiconductor industry. This has included providing documentation, examples, training and support for highly technical users of parallel processors, embedded systems, software development tools and APIs. I have also worked closely with customers, both to develop specifications for new products and to support their use of hardware and software products.

My background in software and hardware product development has given me a good understanding of what engineers and end users need from their documentation. I have been responsible for the creation of documents in a variety of print and online formats using Framemaker, Microsoft Office, Illustrator, Photoshop, Visio, Affinity Suite, reStructuredText, Sphinx, LaTeX, Docbook, and many other tools.

I have programming experience in C, C++, Python, Java, Perl, PHP, JavaScript, Visual Basic and other languages. I have also worked in silicon design and verification, product marketing, requirements gathering, patent writing and web design.

I spent several years working in Japan, Asia-Pacific, Italy and Silicon Valley. I speak some Italian and Japanese. Although I will admit that my Japanese must be pretty rusty by now.

I am based in Bristol in the UK and Umbria in Italy. I took a year off while we were restoring a house in Italy. You can read about this on Paola’s blog: Sunflowers & Saffron.

Work Experience

Some of the companies I have worked for:

  • Graphcore: Writing user guides for software development tools. Implementing tool flow for generation of HTML and PDF documents from reStructuredText, Python docstrings and Doxygen.
  • Publitek: Writing articles and other technical content.
  • An-Airidh: Web design and hosting for this holiday rental.
  • SOMNIUM Technologies: Web content, customer documentation and videos describing product features for embedded software development tools.
  • Paola Moore: Designed business cards, stationery, marketing material and website for this professional celebrant.
  • Graphix Asset: Worked with Graphix Asset to develop the initial specification for the eMAR digital record sheet app.
  • Infineon Technologies: Wrote project proposal for VeTeSS, a €20M European research project for improving automotive safety verification with 24 partners across 8 countries. Assisted with project management and quality management of the project. Designed project logo. Collated and edited content for project deliverables. Wrote several research reports for the VeTeSS and Pollux projects.
  • Red Oak Consulting: Contributed to a report on the current state of the art and the future roadmap for semiconductor technology.
  • ZiiLabs Ltd (part of Creative Labs): Defined documentation requirements and wrote user documents for embedded media processors and associated software development systems.
  • Cloudbase Paragliding: Created first website and designed the logo for this paragliding school.
  • XMOS: Microcontroller development system user guides.
  • ClearSpeed / PixelFusion: Created marketing collateral, maintained web sites and wrote product documentation for ClearSpeed parallel processing hardware and software. Managed team of technical authors. Assisted with successful installation and upgrade of the Tsubame supercomputer at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Implemented web-based database of inventions and patents.
  • INMOS / STMicroelectronics: Worked as a software engineer for applications and embedded tools. Responsible for the verification of several application-specific microcontrollers. Managed the development of a GPS chip for a major Japanese OEM. Worked in customer support in Japan. Wrote datasheets, instruction set reference and several application notes.

Examples of Work

Much of the recent documentation I have produced is only available to customers under NDA. I have listed some documents below as an indication of the range of work I have done.

Documentation and web content

Logos and other artwork