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Bored silly sitting around twiddling my thumbs...

I am seeking consulting projects.

See my website for my skill set.
        
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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:11:37 -0700, Jim Thompson wrote:

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Sent emails to all your past customers letting them know that if they  
need you, you're available?

Maybe it's time to start your own semiconductor company -- figure out  
what's missing from the TinyLogic lineup (a decent 3-state phase  
comparator would be my first choice), make it, and sell it.

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Control system and signal processing consulting
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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:54:55 -0500, Tim Wescott

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I've toyed with that idea.
        
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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:59:13 -0700, Jim Thompson  

...snip...

I've toyed with that idea.
        
                                         ...Jim Thompson


There is a REAL demand for FAST turn around miniaturization to create a  
first-time=operating ASIC, in small volume.

How to do.

Take a look at David Lam's compnany, Multibeam, a direct write - no mask  
opeartion using e-beam.  Say hello from me when you're there.

What I'm saying is combine the ability to create ANYTHING you want per  
wafer without investing in a mask, with your ability to design the ASIC so  
it works the first time thru, and seems there's a niche market.

If you cn't do the ASIC design, because of high demand, at least create  
the tools [sequence] to enable others to do such.

Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On 14-06-15 11:54 AM, Tim Wescott wrote:
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During High School years, I had a night time job delivering Pizzas.
During really slow periods, we got creative. A look at the previous
month's orders gave phone numbers and addresses.

We'd call the numbers to confirm a non existent order. These calls
triggered an impulse to buy in about forty percent of the people called.
Apologies were given to all for the 'mix up' in the receipt boxes.

It's not something I'm particularly proud of having done....the need for
disposable cash made it happen. Am I going to Hell with all the Monsanto
executives?


mike





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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:54:55 -0500, Tim Wescott

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I want a low-skew true/complement buffer or gate.



Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:57:07 -0700, John Larkin

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Well-designed XOR's do that... particularly ECL/PECL.
        
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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sunday, June 15, 2014 12:57:07 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:


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So, two NANDs makes a R/S flop; you just want one
already wired up?   A 74LVC74 datasheet says skew is under
a nanosecond (not all datasheets are so forthcoming).

Low-skew differential output is useful combined with
other logic;  maybe one could find uses for a '555 variant?
Accurate Schmitt trigger input/differential output sounds useful.
It'd fit an eight-pin package fine if you left the discharge pin out...

Here's one function that oughta be on a chip: AC-in and  
precision rectify, output proportional to difference of AC (average
of absolute value) from a threshold voltage setting.   You'd use
it to generate an AC amplitude error signal for a feedback loop.
If you want to be elaborate, you could sample/hold the DC
result at zero crossings upward, so the output is stable for
the full cycle, updating only on subsequent zero crossings from
the filtered-absolute-value.

Alas, I've got lots of project ideas.  Funding, not so much.

Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:11:37 -0700, Jim Thompson

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I have the opposite problem, so much work I can't see straight. Mostly
new projects from old customers, but some new ones too. It's
astonishing how much business you can get from a few important people
who like you.

I just hired two kids, one male MSEE from around here, one female BSEE
who recently graduated from a college in Mexico. Both are smart and
nice and seem to have really good analog instincts, but training them
of course takes more time than doing things myself; it's an
investment.





Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:04:32 -0700, John Larkin

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Training today's crop of engineering graduates analog is quite a
challenge.
        
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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On 6/15/2014 1:11 PM, Jim Thompson wrote:
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Time to start writing that book we were talking about a few years back.

No time like the present.

Cheers

Phil Hobbs

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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:44:40 -0400, Phil Hobbs

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I thought I'd wait until 85 >:-}
        
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Re: Twiddling Thumbs
On 6/15/2014 9:29 PM, Jim Thompson wrote:
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Lazy slob.  I started in 1994, and sent it off to the publishers in 1998.

Cheers

Phil Hobbs

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