…..Solutions to ASIC and FPGA Design


Bill’s extensive experience is applied to help our Clients gain the competitive edge and achieve a successful time to market.


As well as running the day to day activities of the Consultancy, Bill is our Lead Design Consultant. He is a highly qualified and expert FPGA/ASIC Designer with previous SC clearance who repeatedly produces innovative and functional designs at the forefront of technology.


Before starting Skytec Consultants Ltd, Bill was a Lead Digital ASIC Design Engineer for Matra Marconi Space where he was instrumental in pioneering the process flow. He joined Matra Marconi Space as a graduate Engineer and quickly gained promotion.


Bill started his digital electronics career undertaking an electronics apprenticeship with Racal Recorders. He followed a 4 year IEEE accredited training program which included a year at SETA – an IEEE accredited Engineering Training Centre, where he was awarded an Engineering prize. During his apprenticeship, Bill studied electronics at BTEC ONC and HNC levels achieving Distinctions.


He is a member of the IET with accredited training and has a Beng Hons degree in Electronic Engineering from Southampton University, where he was also awarded 2 design prizes. Bill also holds 3 patents and 8 patent applications.

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“Bill is equally and highly valuable undertaking direct RTL design and verification activities, or supervising others doing the same. Never less than thorough and professional.”

Edwin Loverseed, Group Manager, Tandberg Television


“Having contracted for me for 6+ years it is apparent from the feedback received from clients that Bills technical expertise is second to none. He is proven to be a great addition to any team delivering excellent results in a personable way.”

Jonathan Martin, Consultant, Matchtech

“Bill helped push the management in the right direction and produced stuff that actually worked.”

Richard North, Senior Design Engineer, Tandberg Television


“Bill is a very experienced and knowledgeable VHDL design engineer. He was always very thorough in his work, with a high level of technical expertise.”

Andrew Heppel, Consultant Engineer, Roke Manor Research


“Bill is a talented and capable engineer. One of the best FPGA designers around and a pleasure to work with!”

Kathryn Rickard, Senior Design Engineer, Xyratex

“When BAE Space Systems & Matra Marconi Space merged, a single ASIC design group was formed which Bill & I were both part of. Bill was one of lead ASIC design engineers with responsibility for all aspects of the design flow from specification, VHDL coding/verification & synthesis to DFT scan insertion and ATPG plus the necessary interfacing with the silicon vendors. At the time it was pioneering stuff with VHDL/RTL design tools being new in the company and the ASICS were the largest rad-hard designs built for space applications. Bill was a very competent design engineer, able to use his talents to design ASICS using new tools and targeting new silicon processes against very challenging project timescales.”

Graeme Jessiman, ASIC Design Engineer, British Aerospace Space Systems

Bill Dries - Managing Director and Lead Design Consultant