I promised an update to the 'ADLE Top 10 analog engineers' list a few weeks ago. As hoped, it generated some much-needed discussion and suggestions following publication on Analog DesignLine Europe and PlanetAnalog.
I promised an update to the 'ADLE Top 10 analog engineers' list a few weeks ago. As hoped, it generated some much-needed discussion following publication on ADLE and PlanetAnalog, and it even made its way across to EDN.
Many thanks to those who responded to the call to email me with a 'few more names', especially European ones. Those listed below either received multiple recommendations or one particularly convincing one! Whilst I haven't been able to create a full entry for all those listed, this may provide those that are interested with inspiration enough for a little further research.
(Please note: The following suggestions are listed in alphabetical, not historical order this time)
Peter Baxandall (UK) - One of the great audio analog circuit designers, Baxandall won particular acclaim for his feedback tone control circuit. He became an Audio Engineering Society (AES) Fellow and was a Silver Medal recipient, recognising outstanding achievements in the field of audio engineering. For more details, read his obituary at the AES website.
Paul Brokaw (Belgium) - Paul Brokaw has held a variety of positions at Analog Devices, and is an ADI fellow. Nominee, Marc Dagan of Analog Devices says: "Paul is a staunch advocate for simplicity and fundamental principles, and is one of the few designers that I have ever encountered who can give you both the detailed intuitive understanding and the rigorous mathematical analysis. Most can only do one or the other."
Byron Bynum (US) - Beginning his career at Boeing, Bynum moved to Texas Instruments, becoming the company's director of IC design. He then moved to Motorola, where he held several positions, including director of product development for the analog IC division. In 2003, he co-founded analog/mixed-signal IC design consultancy, Integrated Custom Power LLC. David Pace of National Semiconductor says: "Byron Bynum is the go-to guy in the Phoenix, AZ IC design community for analog design."
Hans R. Camenzind (Switzerland) - Though a Swiss national, he gained his MSEE from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Initially, Camenzind worked in research, after which he joined Signetics. He then started Interdesign, which was later sold to Plessey. Among Camenzind's many analog design achievements are the first integrated class D amplifier and the 555 timer. He has written several textbooks, as well as a book about electronics for the general public. For more, visit his website at here.
Dave Fullagar (UK) - Well known for his 741 op amp design, Fullagar was an analog designer and manager at Fairchild and Intersil, before founding Maxim with Jack Gifford. For a detailed profile, see EDN's interview here.
Walt Jung (US) - An Audio Engineering Society Fellow, Jung is a particular authority on audio and op amp applications. An author for Electronic Design and named to the Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame in 2002, he also wrote 'The IC Op Amp Cookbook'. Many of his articles can be found at his website.
Willy Sansen (Belgium) - Head of the Catholic University of Leuven's ESAT-MICAS laboratory for analog design since 1984, Sansen - an IEEE Fellow - has lectured widely and is author of many books on analog design. For more, see Prof. Sansen's homepage.
Gabor Temes (Hungary) - An IEEE Fellow, Temes' recent research deals with CMOS analog integrated circuits, data converters and integrated sensor interfaces. Read Temes' biography here.
Eric Vittoz (Switzerland) - IEEE fellow and recipient of the 2004 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Technical Field Award, Vittoz has made important research contributions to low-power, low-voltage CMOS analog design and to the modeling of CMOS devices. For more on Eric Vittoz, read about his work here.
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