Even though we had only a last minute e-mail blast (Thanks to Tim McCune for expediting the e-mail to the Analog Aficionados) and an Anablog message sent to the Analog Aficionados members, we received far better response than I had expected with 16 attendees at our Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley luncheon for Analog Aficionados. We even had some surprise guests like Bill Laumeister from Maxim Integrated and Jim Widlar—Bob Widlar’s brother and J. Kirkwood Rough who is said to be among the analog guru’s—and I can attest to that because he showed me some of the amazing work he is doing in analog design. I have only seen Bob Pease and Jim Williams and Bob Widlar explain complex circuitry with such a “gut” feel for analog as Rough did.
When analog engineers get together, the discussion always turns technical with a touch of fun. Laptops open up, schematics are surveyed and discussed, good hearty laughter abounds, and fond reminiscing of analog icons no longer with us brings out old stories and some good memories.
Just take a look at the following few photos from our lunch get-together and you will get a feel for what went on during our 90 minute gathering. More of this type of enjoyment will come in the future as we increase our gatherings at various Silicon Valley events (DesignCon 2016 may be next in January).
The following are images courtesy of my lovely wife and photographer, Loretta Taranovich.
Just click on the first image to start the slideshow and enjoy: