Planet Analog First ‘Ask the Experts’ on March 26

Please note the time change to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific) for our Ask the Experts session coming up on March 26.

We have two of the best expert mentors around, with Bob Dobkin and Howard Skolnik. Here are their biographies:

Bob Dobkin, VP Engineering and CTO, Linear Technology
Prior to 1999, Bob Dobkin was responsible for all new product development at Linear. Before founding Linear Technology in 1981, he was director of advanced circuit development at National Semiconductor for 11 years. He has been intimately involved in the development of high-performance linear integrated circuits for over 30 years and has generated many industry-standard circuits. Mr. Dobkin holds more than 100 patents pertaining to linear ICs and has authored more than 50 articles and papers. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Howard Skolnik, IC Designer, Burr-Brown (ret.)
Howard Skolnik has worked in the electronics industry since 1960. His experience includes microwave test instruments, military communications systems, and analog IC design. He is now retired, but worked at Harris Semiconductor, Advanced Micro Devices, Burr-Brown, and Texas Instruments where he held positions in circuit design and marketing. Mr. Skolnik has published many technical papers and articles and lectured worldwide on instrumentation and IC design.

On March 26 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, please log into Ask the Experts here. Be sure you are registered on Planet Analog before logging in.

Future Ask the Experts
Don’t miss our next three tutorials:

  • April 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Linear Regulators
  • May 21 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Voltage and Current Sources
  • June 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Op Amps

7 comments on “Planet Analog First ‘Ask the Experts’ on March 26

  1. Davidled
    March 17, 2014

    In personal view, on discussion with chat, agenda may provide more clear direction of each topic instead of random discussion. Agenda may include the high level topics such as IC design method, tool, and IC design future and etc.

  2. Steve Taranovich
    March 17, 2014

    @DaeJ—for this first chat session, I want to base questions on the bascis of just the transistor operation. I am doing the six part series by Howard Skolnik (Bipolar transistor circuit design and analysis) in order to give food for thought to our readers so they might ask questions to clarify any doubts they have regarding this basic topic of Bipolar transistor circuit design and analysis.

    We are starting very simple and basic to provide a foundation to understand later chats about the op amp, references, linear regulator, etc.

  3. geek
    March 18, 2014

    “We are starting very simple and basic to provide a foundation to understand later chats about the op amp, references, linear regulator, etc.”

    @Steve: I like this approach. I think it's better to go up from the foundation in these series of chats and later move to more advanced topics and industrial applications. I look forward to these chat sessions.

  4. samicksha
    March 18, 2014

    Sounds like filling up loop holes in circuit, I agree Daej, these chat sessions can help in creating clear and big picture and most impotant i can get the answers right away without delay.

  5. Sachin
    March 31, 2014

    @DaeJ, you raise a point that I have always thought about but never brought forward. I think it would be better to have some session prior to the actual interview session. During this initial session members who will be attending can present the ideas that they would want to be included in the final agenda and then the moderators can come up with the most pertinent topic areas to be covered during the interview. This would make everything more productive.

  6. Sachin
    March 31, 2014

    I can't wait for this one, especially the interview with Howard Skolnik whose impressive experience dates from as far back as 1960. It will be interesting to learn about the history of IC design first hand from a man who has travelled such a great part of that journey and make comparisons between the old and the new designs.

  7. yalanand
    April 30, 2014

    @DaeJ, I totally support you. The importance of an agenda can never be overseen whenever discussion is intended. Agenda will help participants to come up with issues that are centered towards the goal of the discussion. It helps in setting pace for the discussion and gives all participants an opportunity to establish their exact standing points on the various issues listed; as a result we all get to know the flow of the whole topic. This way, all issues will be tackled squarely.

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