• FrankenRadio: Bringing a tube Superhet back to life

    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 ...
    • 5 Apr 2018
  • Single Event Latch-up (SEL) with High Speed ADCs

    I've been covering radiation effects over my last few posts and have transitioned into a discussion on these effects with high speed ADCs.  It is a logical progression for me considering my time here at ADI with the high speed applications tea...
    • 27 Mar 2018
  • TID Effects with High Speed ADCs

    I have been covering the basics of radiation effects over my last few blogs on Planet Analog and this time I discussed a bit about TID effects.  These are a little simpler to evaluate as the test procedure is relatively simple.  Of course...
    • 23 Feb 2018
  • Donuts, Queso, and Engineer's Week

    Every year I always look forward to bag day. It's usually filled with excitement, scramble, and way too much coffee way too late in the evening. But any way you cut it, Bag Day is the culmination of a rough 6 weeks of nonstop work. On Team 2655, i...
    • 22 Feb 2018
  • 2018: A Space Odyssey?

    Now that I am working in the space products group at Analog Devices I pay much more close attention to various events occurring that are related to space and its exploration.  We are now just a few short weeks into 2018 and we have already had...
    • 14 Feb 2018
  • When You Have a "Day 31"

    One of the blogs I follow regularly is that of John V-Neun from Team 148 the Robowranglers, a team that many in FRC are very familiar with. People like to think that all of the powerhouse teams just magically come up with a robot that works, or, he...
    • 13 Feb 2018
  • Radiation Effects - Single Event Effects (SEEs)

    I started talking about radiation effects last month in my blog on Planet Analog.  In that blog post I looked at the cumulative effects that are observed.  In my latest installment this month on Planet Analog I discuss the different singl...
    • 26 Jan 2018
  • Inside Team Mean Machine + IMU Code Updates!

    Before I begin this week's blog, I wanted to let you all know that made some major updates to the IMU library code on GitHub. There is now complete support for all three official languages (LabVIEW, C++, and Java) and handy guides specific t...
    • 24 Jan 2018
  • When Mentors Learn

    Most of the time, FIRST is a fun way for me to volunteer my time to help create the future generation of engineers and to better the lives of young high school students in my local community. But then there are those special days when I actually l...
    • 16 Jan 2018
  • POWER UP Your Robots!

    It's that time of year once again as thousands of high school students across the globe begin the scramble to design, build, and test a robot in 6 weeks. This year's challenge has just been released this morning and I'm just as excited for ...
    • 6 Jan 2018
  • Brief Overview of Radiation Effects

    It can sometimes be a challenge to come up with good ideas to blog about each month.  I have typically pulled a lot from past experience, common customer questions, and interactions with coworkers.  While it seems like a potentially large...
    • 21 Dec 2017
  • A Little More on Coding in Python

    In my last post I talked a bit about coding in Python for line regulation on an LDO.  In my latest installment on Planet Analog I talked a bit more about coding but focused on load regulation.  The two measurements are very similar so the...
    • 28 Nov 2017
  • Coding for Line Regulation Measurements

    The last couple of blogs that I had written had me thinking about how coding (programming) skills have been valuable in my engineering career.  While by no means am I an expert at writing code, the little that I do know has proven quite useful...
    • 20 Oct 2017
  • Remember Those All-Nighters in College???

    I recently had a very interesting experience pulling an all-nighter to get some important testing performed down at the cyclotron at Texas A&M.  Do you remember pulling those long nights working on that critical project?  Perhaps you'...
    • 20 Sep 2017
  • Learning is a Constant Process

    I took a few months off in June and July due to moving to a new house.  I was back in August where I wrote about the continual learning process.  One of the examples I used was related to the usefulness of software on the job.  I am ...
    • 12 Sep 2017
  • Engineers Will Inherit the World

    Things are changing, they are changing very rapidly. You could apply this phrase to many different things in your life, and yes, it would be fine but I want to focus in the environment where engineers, in fact most professionals, spend a good amoun...
    • 17 Jun 2017
  • A Look Back at Two Weeks of FIRST

    I hope you enjoyed reading my last blog post on my first FIRST experience.  I wanted to go back and take a look at the event after the fact and explore a bit more about the demonstrations we showed while in Houston and Saint Louis.  Sever...
    • 15 May 2017
  • St Louis Championship Wrap-Up

    It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks, but the FIRST Robotics regular season is finally complete. It was an exciting action packed week, and I sat down and talked to team members from all of our ADI teams in attendance. 4905 Andromeda One Proba...
    • 13 May 2017
  • An Amazing First FIRST Experience

    I had the opportunity over the past two weeks to attend the world championships in Houston and in St. Louise for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  This was my first experience and I definitely came away with a...
    • 2 May 2017
  • Houston Championship Wrap-Up

    It’s one thing right after another when you have two Championship events to go to, we've been going non-stop since last Tuesday night! With Houston done, let’s take a look at how our ADI teams did, while I sit on this long plane ride.   ...
    • 25 Apr 2017
  • How to Eat an Elephant while you Drink from the Firehose - Pt. 3

    Welcome back to the third (and last) part in my “How to eat an Elephant while you drink from the Firehose” series. In this installment, we’ll be talking about “drinking from the firehose.” To give a little background to this quote, consider the ol...
    • 25 Apr 2017
  • When the Going gets Tough, the Tough gets Going

    As I got stuck with a tough question in EngineerZone, the proverb “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” came to my mind. There are times when we face tough challenges in our life. It may be at work, in our homes or even anywhere. But ho...
    • 24 Apr 2017
  • How to Eat an Elephant while you Drink from the Firehose Pt. 2

    Welcome back to the second part in my “How to eat an Elephant while you drink from the Firehose” series.  I know I’ve been away, but I hope you’re eager for the exciting adventure we’re going to have for the next few installments. Let’s g...
    • 17 Apr 2017
  • Championship Teams and LTC Additions

    I want to diverge from FIRST for a second here and talk a little bit about the merge with LTC that we just completed. With the deal finally closed earlier this year, our two companies have now begun to join forces and learn from each other. I see s...
    • 13 Apr 2017
  • District Championships Abound - Competition Week 5 Wrap-Up

    Lots of successes for ADI teams this week as North Carolina and Israel both finish their championship events. We also have some record-breaking performances to boot! North Carolina Flying Platypi spent the weekend split in two, with many of the t...
    • 5 Apr 2017