Analog electronics includes power, wireless/RF/Microwave, interface, amplifiers, data converters, references, MEMS and Sensors and so much more. Since our universe is composed of and sensed in analog by humans and electronic circuitry, this very diverse and complex discipline must be clearly understood before attempting to create virtually any electronics design.
Meet the Analog Aficionados. They are a group of engineers, technicians, students, inventors, scientists, educators and so many more that meets annually at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. Attendees range from college students in age all the way up to icons of the electronic industry from the early days of electrical and electronics engineering. They meet as ‘Analog Aficionados’ in an informal annual gathering of people in the analog electronics field, along with their friends, relatives and other guests. There is no formal program for the dinner.
Here are two placemats made originally by Paul Rako that highlighted some of the regular attendees and their bios/interests at recent dinners:
Analog engineers, students and technicians can join us for the annual Analog Aficionados dinner, to be held this year on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, 5151 Stars and Stripes Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054.
The official Analog Aficionados web site is Analog Aficionados. Sponsors for the 2017 event are: Analog Devices, Linear Systems, Linear Technology, Maxim Integrated, Texas Instruments and EDN, Planet Analog and EETimes. Please let me know if your company would like to sponsor Analog Aficionados. All money goes directly to food at David’s, and as in the past we’ll have a cash bar.
Tim McCune, President, Linear Integrated Systems, Inc. runs the dinner for us (You can’t get much more analog than a discrete low noise FET!).
This year we’ll be adding “Analog Artifacts” and setting up a few tables for any historical items or curiosities anyone would like to bring. Please bring along anything of interest you’d like to show.
Quick and easy to register, just go to: SurveyMonkey. Registration info is used only for this purpose, and please have guests register separately so we can create name tags for them.
The dinner is a great time to catch up with old friends and remember the great ones.
You can get involved here as well.
Here are some previous summaries of some recent dinners:
The ISSCC analog aficionado party, resurrected, this weekend
Analog Aficionados party Feb 18, 2012
Analog Aficionados party 2013
Slideshow: Analog Aficionados 2013 sees old relationships, new mentoring
Analog Aficionados 2013 get together in Santa Clara
The Analog Aficionados dinner 2014
The “Rock Stars” of Analog
A night all about analog
The Analog Aficionado Party
At 2014 ISSCC, a Place for Good-Old, Real Analog
The Analog Aficionados Dinner: Meet the Rock Stars of Analog
Slideshow: Analog Aficionados unite at ESC Santa Clara
Analog Aficionados 2016 dinner: A gathering of Mentors and Mentees