Paul Chow received the B.A.Sc. degree with honours in Engineering Science, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., in 1977, 1979 and 1984, respectively. In 1984 he joined the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, as a Research Associate, where he was a major contributor to an early RISC microprocessor design called MIPS-X, one of the first microprocessors with an on-chip instruction cache and the root of many concepts used in processors today. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto in January 1988, where he is now a Professor and holds the Dusan and Anne Miklas Chair in Engineering Design. His research interests include high performance computer architectures, reconfigurable computing, embedded and application-specific processors, and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) architectures and applications.
On the entrepreneurial front, Paul was a co-founder of AcceLight Networks, which built a high-capacity, carrier-grade, optical switching system in 2000 using FPGAs. He is also a co-founder of ArchES Computing Systems, which is developing embedded and reconfigurable computing technology.