Jon Hudson

After working for two semiconductor companies for many years, in 2014, I teamed up with some other UK engineers to create SDRplay Ltd., the popular UK-based manufacturer of wideband SDR radio receivers. I have also  been lucky enough to do some very interesting consultancy projects and meet some amazing people. I am currently Sales and Marketing Director for SDRplay Ltd., and an advisor for Silicon Catalyst , an incubator focused on semiconductor solutions.  

More  background information:

My work in the semiconductor industry was for first forTexas Instruments working in design, marketing and business management for ASIC and mixed-signal telecom products.   Later I joined Cambridge-based Bluetooth Connectivity leader, CSR where I was responsible for PC, Automotive and Consumer products Ė the bit sold to Qualcomm.  

In 2014, I co-founded SDRplay Ltd. - a wireless SDR manufacturing & software company company - we created the RSP family of Software Defined Radio receivers - see - these are now the most popular mid-range choice for SDR-based communications receivers. All our radios are manufactured here in the UK. Google ďSDRplayĒ to see how popular they have become!

As well as establishing SDRplay, I have enjoyed providing consultancy services to Affle, ARM Ltd., Dialog Semiconductor, iBiquity, Innovate UK, JP Morgan and Neul Ltd. (the latter was sold to Huawei in 2014)    For Dialog I managed the successful integration of SiTel semiconductor which resulted in Dialog semiconductor successfully entering the Bluetooth Low Energy market in less than 2 years from the acquisition.

Other interesting activities have included:

Why electronics?:

Mesmerised by radio as a teenage radio ham, fell in love with electronics and chose to take one of the first available degree courses in electronics. I graduated but failed to become a radio DJ, by then my favoured career choice! Reluctantly I entered working life as a QA technican at Texas Instruments Bedford and quickly discovered that playing with semiconductors could be a lot more fun than being a DJ.  This was the beginning of a long and enjoyable career in electronics.

Semiconductor Background Summary:

Jon Hudson has over 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry followed by a variety of consultancy roles and co-founder and sales and marketing director of SDRplay Ltd., a privately owned UK SDR radio manufacturing company.  In the noughties, I was senior vice president at UK Bluetooth chip company CSR Ltd., where I was responsible for PC, Automotive and Consumer products, running a PMO and M&A integration, and successfully integrating US GPS technology company SiRF into what was a UK FTSE 250 company.  Starting my career at Texas Instruments in Quality Assurance, I moved into chip design for consumer electronic projects such as teletext and TV remote controls.  In the early eighties I became a project leader for TIís embryonic European semicustom design group and helped pipe-clean the first generation autolayout CAD systems working as an ex-pat in Dallas Texas. Returning to the UK, I established TIís European ASIC design centre Ė a mix of chip designers and CAD engineers as well as taking on marketing responsibilities.  In the early nineties, I became European Linear Telecom product manager responsible growing this business from $6M to $24M which included TIís first design-ins at Nokia for cellphones.  Later that decade,I took on responsibility for TIís European technical marketing as well as identifying start-ups for investment either directly of via TI Ventures. My consultancy work has included M&A integration, and business development projects for Dialog Semiconductor, Neul Ltd. (now Huawei) and chairing an IoT consortium for Innovate UK.


Jon holds a B.Sc. in Physical Electronics from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Ongoing learning through Amateur Radio - G4ABQ


(I enjoy keeping in touch with old colleagues)   My email address is:  jon at jonhudson dot net and phone +44 1223 911 044 or +44 7836 591544