Ah, this is a sad day. Jim had a passion for his work that was infectious and was the most upbeat and positive person I have had the pleasure to work with. A little mischief and madness made the day go faster (and some people a little nervous), but he accomplished so much all the while chattering on about interesting stuff. The world is a better place because of Jim, and it was a special honor to have known him.
I am still stunned. When I started at LTC 22 years ago, one of my jobs was turning Jim's 3d air soldered ciruits into a pc boards he could show around. I learned how to appreciate analog design from Jim. He made working in LTC's lab one my fondest memories. I remember his telling the story of when he used to design missle guiudence systems and a customer called with a problem. Jim stopped the guy in mid sentence and asked the customer "First question-which way is the missile pointed?", or how he would be taking a shower get an idea and start drawing the design on the steamed up shower door. We will all miss you Jim.
I am far from an electronics designer but I do know his name; as a graduate student in chemistry trying to control the temperature of my experiment I read and studied very closely a paper he wrote in some trade journal in the 70s about temperature control. I remember it being well written and very helpful.
Not heard of him but really sad to see such a person who influenced so many engineers out there to be not amongst us.
But the great thing is he has passed the torch burning bright to his fellow engineers to pass it on to the future and he lives through his work and memories.
OMG, another Analog Wizard of Silicon Valley has moved onto the Great Analog Plane in the sky. He will be missed by many people and many
Analog Engineers and Designers will mourn his passing.
R&D Design Engineer (35 years)
I knew Jim when I worked at LTC between April 1999 and January 2003. He was the most knowledgeable and helpful technical person I ever met. I was a little in awe of him at first, having heard about him for many years, but that soon went away. He was a very approachable, friendly person.
He will be greatly missed by those who knew him, and an entire generation of engineers who'll never know him will be the poorer for it.
Jim Williams is high up on a very short list of people who have ever genuinely inspired me. Jim's writings have been a constant companion as well as a source of education and motivation for me in my electronics work and in my spare time for the last 15 years. I never travel without having something Jim wrote in my luggage. I owe this exemplary man a debt greater than I could ever hope to express. Thank you Jim, may you rest in peace.
I have known Jim since joining LTC almost 12 years ago. Always encouraging, always helpful, he will be sorely missed. When I would visit LTC headquarters (I work/live in another state), Jim would always take time out of his busy schedule to go out for a bite to eat with me. We'd talk electronics, we'd talk politics, and we'd complain about taxes. It was always fun and insightful.
Jim's knowledge of circuits, what's been done in the past and present, I believe is second to none. When we'd talk about some circuit technique, he say so and so did that 30 years ago in such and such piece of test gear. It turns out most of the "new" things we do today are just recycled old ideas.
When I used to work at headquarters, Saturday morning trips to the Foothills flea market are some of my fondest memories. I'd always run into Jim there, as he dug through some box of old electronics. Once we found some old, but very fast, pulse generators. The seller didn't know what he had, and Jim and I weren't sure we wanted to buy the two there (one for each of us). The seller tried to encourage a sale by saying the cases for the generators were beautiful, and would make a great flower pot. That sealed the deal and Jim and I "saved" those generator from certain gardening doom.
I'm still in shock that Jim is gone. What a loss to the EE community, to LTC, and to all who love and know analog.