On April 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, we will have a fundamentals chat regarding the linear regulator. Our two experts will be Bob Dobkin, co-founder and CTO for Linear Technology, and Greg Waterfall, business development and marketing manager at Texas Instruments.
Now that we have discussed the transistor last month, we will show how the use of the transistor creates a linear regulator. Please bring all your questions and comments for these experts.
Bob Dobkin, Co-Founder and CTO, Linear Technology
Bob Dobkin is a true analog guru. In the short time that I have come to know him, I have seen his excitement for mentoring younger engineers. He developed the first three-terminal adjustable voltage regulator, the LM317. He also developed the first bipolar LDO, and his design modification boosted the speed of early op-amps. Before founding Linear Technology, Dobkin was director of advanced circuit development at National, where he worked with Bob Pease. His career began with Philbrick-Nexus right out of MIT.
Greg Waterfall, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Linear Power Business Unit, Texas Instruments
I also know Greg Waterfall very well from my years at Burr-Brown. Greg is another mentor and I learned a great deal from him over the years. Waterfall’s role is to drive growth in regional markets, such as the US, Europe, China, and Japan for Linear Power products. He previously has held various positions in the Power Management business at Texas Instruments, including advanced product definition and development as well as product line manager where he was responsible for product definition and product development for products that served a diverse set of electronic equipment. He joined TI in 2000 when the company acquired Tucson-based Burr-Brown Corp., which he'd joined in 1986. Waterfall held several roles at Burr-Brown from test engineer to director of power management products. He earned a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.
A learning experience you won’t want to miss
Entry-level questions as well as advanced regulator questions are welcome. Strengthen your knowledge of analog with these two mentors in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Planet Analog’s Ask the Experts.
Be sure to watch Planet Analog over the coming weeks for a series of brief tech tutorials:
- Linear Regulator — April 23, 1:00 p.m. EDT
- References — May 21, 1:00 p.m. EDT
- Op Amps — June 18, 1:00 p.m. EDT
- Switching Regulator — July 23, 1:00 p.m. EDT