• Focus on Futbol - Team Spotlight

    Welcome back to the Project Playtime blog. This week we will begin a series of team spotlights; first up, Focus on Futbol! The Focus on Futbol team includes eight dedicated and enthusiastic employees from multiple locations and groups throughout the ...
    • 13 Mar 2019
  • Local Teams, Global Impact

    What do Frugal Innovators, Toy Story and Lemons have in common? These are just a few of the cool team names chosen by those partaking in Project Playtime. This week, we will introduce you to our local teams, their projects, and progress in the first ...
    • 26 Feb 2019
  • Solving Problems While Having Fun: Introducing Project Playtime

    Welcome to the Project Playtime blog! This biweekly installation will include details on teams from all over the globe participating in Project Playtime. We will share their stories of trials and triumphs as well as many impressive philanthropic...
    • 14 Feb 2019
  • Was This Man the World's First DJ?

    His name was Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, and some say that what he did in December 1906 led to Wolfman Jack, Martin Block, Murray the K and anyone else (including yours truly) who made a living playing records on the radio. For, if the story is true, ...
    • 7 Feb 2019
  • The "Burning Issue" with Resistor Cords (and how to solve them)

    In a previous blog, “Philco Radio and the Changing of ‘State of the Art’ Technology,” I wrote how, beginning in the mid-1930s, manufacturers of AM radios used a new circuit design, most often containing five tubes, which becam...
    • 17 Jan 2019
  • Top 11 Finalists: Anveshan 2019 Fellowship

    We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest. We saw incredible stories of passion, perseverance, and creativity. The big day is almost here and excitement is building!  We’ve spent the last week locked in de...
    • 10 Jan 2019
  • Giving Thanks For All Experiences

    After a recent trip to Texas A&M that included a very much unwanted guest, Mr. Murphy, I thought it would be a great topic to write about giving thanks even when things aren't going quite like we expected or we hoped.  Murphy's Law d...
    • 3 Dec 2018
  • ADI Standard Space Products Screening: Group A Testing

    Last month we started looking at the screening for ADI's standard space product portfolio.  We made it through several steps in the screening process.  This month we pick up things with Group A testing.  Group A testing is the elec...
    • 22 Oct 2018
  • Anveshan 2019 Fellowship - Extended Deadline!

    Are you a student innovator, who has the entrepreneurial spirit and a dream to create something new to build the future? If yes, we are looking for you.  Do you have an idea for India that can disrupt the industry and change the way we live? If...
    • 11 Oct 2018
  • Standard Space Product Screening

    In my last few blogs we have had an underlying principle which is the high reliability required for space applications.  We've looked at the different sources of radiation and discussed in length the different types of radiation tests includ...
    • 28 Sep 2018
  • Space Mission Lifetimes

    I have been at ADI now for the last 8 years and am working on year 9.  This is fairly short by ADI standards with many here with 15-20+ year tenures.  However, in my total career now of about 14 years I have been able to see a good bit of a...
    • 20 Aug 2018
  • Edison & the Elephant NOT in the Room

    In my last blog, I wrote about a young man from Ohio who came to Boston and worked feverishly in a Scollay Square laboratory on an invention whose sale he hoped would start him on his fortune. But the young man was unable to sell the device an...
    • 1 Aug 2018
  • Why All This Stringent Testing?

    In my last several blogs I've been talking a lot about radiation testing.  At the beginning of the series of blogs I've been posting we looked at the various types of radiation testing that are performed for products going into space application...
    • 27 Jul 2018
  • Shakespeare, Rumrunners, and Pearl Harbor

    It was April 21, 1916 and the people of Chicago were enjoying a beautiful Spring day, their city's grueling winter behind them and the unrelenting heat of summer a few months ahead. The Chicago Cubs baseball team had opened their first season at the ...
    • 16 Jul 2018
  • The Genius Who Failed - A lot

    When he arrived in Boston in the summer of 1868 he did not look like a man who would someday change the world.  Clutching all his worldly possessions in a canvas bag, he was the very definition of a "hayseed," a country boy who came ...
    • 26 Jun 2018
  • Single Event Upsets with High Speed ADCs

    Hello once again!  I hope that you have been enjoying my recent series on single event effects with high speed ADCs.  So far we have looked at TID (Total Ionizing Dose), SEL (Single Event Latchup), and SET (Single Event Transient).  T...
    • 25 Jun 2018
  • Predictably Unpredictable: Adventures in the Ionosphere

    Have you ever listened to AM radio at night and wondered how you could hear stations from great distances away, but not hear them during the day? So have scientists and researchers, who have spent decades trying to understand what's going o...
    • 14 Jun 2018
  • A Continuing Look at SETs for High Speed ADCs

    If you've been reading my blog for the last several months you know I have been discussing a lot of radiation effects and have given an example with these effects on a high speed ADC.  Last month I started talking about single event transients...
    • 31 May 2018
  • Philco Radio and the Changing of "State of the Art" Technology

    Working as I do here for the global leader of high-performance signal processing solutions, I often speak or write about Analog Devices and how our semiconductor products represent the "state of the art."  The challenge for ADI (in fact, ...
    • 29 May 2018
  • Houston Championship Wrap-Up

    We had our most successful year as a group of ADI teams at the World Championship events in Houston and Detroit. It was record-setting, both for individual teams and for the program! We had a total of eight teams attend Championship and ADI hosted ...
    • 18 May 2018
  • The Day I Joined the Space Race

    I’m back again to talk about my hobby of ham radio. Last time I wrote about the experimental antenna I recently built on my property for operating on the low (1.8 – 2.0 MHz) Amateur Radio bands. Today I’m going to go back to my early days in the ho...
    • 3 May 2018
  • Single Event Transients (SETs) for High Speed ADCs

    In my last few blog post we've been looking at radiation effects on high speed ADCs.  We started the journey discussing TID effects and moved over to the current topic of SEEs (single event effects).  This month the topic in particular is...
    • 23 Apr 2018
  • A 160 Meter Antenna for a Small Backyard

    It surprises some people to learn that, though cell phones offer inexpensive, instantaneous communication worldwide, there are still millions of active ham radio operators around the world. We like to say that there is something for everyone in our h...
    • 19 Apr 2018
  • FrankenRadio: Bringing a tube Superhet back to life (to be replaced by original)

    I may work at the world's leading designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions, but my first love was an old tube radio in my parent's basement. Growing up during the 1960s I would listen to Top-40 AM radio stations fr...
    • 18 Apr 2018
  • We're Going to World's!

    As the early competition season wraps up, the season for many teams is now over. But for lots of our ADI teams, the excitement is just beginning. New England Championships is this coming weekend, and other teams across the globe are now learning if...
    • 10 Apr 2018