The Analog Aficionados party goes back more than 20 years, when Jim Williams would host an Analog Dinosaurs party at his house. My colleague, Paul Rako, re-started the tradition after a decade-long hiatus. It was especially poignant when both his mentor, analog great Bob Pease, and Jim died within a week of each other in 2011.
Some past and present attendees to this dinner have been: former Intersil CEO David Bell, Linear Tech founder Bob Dobkin and Maxim Integrated CEO Tunç Doluca, Jim Williams, Bob Pease and Bob Pease's widow Nancy, as well as her son Ben. Barrie Gilbert, Barry Harvey, Dave Fullagar, and Bo Lojek, who brought Bob Widlar’s papers from his “Russian period.” TI, Linear Tech, and Maxim engineers. Steve Sokolov, Derek Bowers, ADI’s Chris Mangelsdorf, and Dave Robertson. Joann Close and George Erdi, Jim Solomon, the founder of Cadence. Dave Anderson formerly from National. Don Tuite from Electronic Design. And so many more.
I have been remiss with my article to show you what went on at another very successful Analog Aficionados dinner on February 9 this year, which Paul Rako has re-located to David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara for the last three years. Jerry Fishman, late CEO of Analog Devices, was honored at this year’s dinner. Good sponsorship by UBM’s Planet Analog, EDN, EETimes, and EELive (now ESC), plus Atmel, Linear Systems, and a new sponsor this year, Supply Frame. We had more than enough good food and appetizers to go around for the more than 150 attendees. Attendance is growing! It’s such a fun event, plus I get to meet all the Analog legends, renowned EE Professors, aspiring EE students, and very talented, interesting Analog EEs.
Click on the slideshow below to see some fun photos by our resident Analog photographer Fran Hoffart and others that might give you a feel for this get-together:
Back in 1978 when Hobrecht was just five years at National Semiconductor, he wrote a neat paper on Electronically Switched Tape Audio Processor in which he discussed replacing the multipole mechanical switch for record and playback select. He outlined an IC that was developed as the first true low-noise performance solution comparable to high-quality discrete designs.