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A Horripilation of Ball Grid Arrays
betajet   9/18/2013 10:11:36 PM
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Horripilation is another name for goose bumps or goose flesh, an apt metaphor for the feeling of unease I get using BGAs in designs.

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Re: A Hackery of Software Developers
betajet   9/18/2013 7:35:14 PM
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Free software developers get a different collective noun:
A Busking of Free Software Developers


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Re: A Hackery of Software Developers
David Ashton   9/18/2013 6:56:20 PM
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Oops, sorry, I just read you didn't want them yet....can you delete the above Max?

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Re: A Hackery of Software Developers
David Ashton   9/18/2013 6:55:20 PM
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OK, how about

An Assembly of Embedded Designers
A Construction of Civil Engineers
A Leverage of Mechanical designers
A Virtuality of System Architects
A Truthfulness of Verification Engineers

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Re: I always liked a "singularity" of wild boars.
David Ashton   9/18/2013 6:49:07 PM
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....and consequently, a summation of analogue chips......

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Re: I always liked a "singularity" of wild boars.
David Ashton   9/18/2013 6:48:09 PM
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How about a fan-out of logic chips?

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Re: A Charm of CPUs & a Deceit of DSPs
Frank Eory   9/18/2013 6:00:25 PM
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Here are a few more made up ones:

A brilliant of LEDs

A heat of voltage regulators

A mirror of current sources

A staircase of DACs

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Re: A Hackery of Software Developers
Max The Magnificent   9/18/2013 5:29:59 PM
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@betajet: Given the way I've seen a lot of software developed over the decades, I think I'll go with "Hackery".


I like it -- good one -- this blog was originally about names for groups of silicon chips -- but based on your input I'm thinking about doing a follow up column on names for different engineering professionals.

So what groups of engineering professionals spring to mind. You've already covered software developers and logic designers, how about Embedded Designers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Designers, System Architects, Verification Engineers... Can you think of any more?

Note that I'm not asking for collective nouns for these folks at this stage (that will be the purposes of the follow-up column) -- I'm just looking for different types of engineers...

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Dubious spoonerisms
betajet   9/18/2013 5:29:46 PM
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My favorite digital design spoonerism is from logic testing: the stuck fault.  I once heard someone mis-speak that one before a large IBM audience.  For this reason, a lot of test theory guys prefer the term stuck-at fault because it's a lot safer to say.

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A Hackery of Software Developers
betajet   9/18/2013 5:23:22 PM
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Given the way I've seen a lot of software developed over the decades, I think I'll go with "Hackery".  "Sillygism" is related to the kind of logical thinking I tend to associate more with digital design.

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