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The 4th Amp Hour August 19, 2010

Posted by mareserinitatis in engineering.
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Dave and Chris have a new Amp Hour up. You may particularly like to check it out if you were interested in the discussion on the IEEE (Fluxor?).

I do have to say, however, that Macrocat was very unimpressed and will no longer be listening.

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1. Chris Gammell - August 19, 2010

Awww, sorry. Dave and I are both dog people! I will point out that DAVE was the one who talked about kitties+tire treads, not me 🙂

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mareserinitatis - August 19, 2010

Oh yes, I noted that and am not holding anything against you Chris.

I like dogs, but they have to be BIG ones. We’re hoping to get a Newfoundland next spring. A puppy will easily be twice the size of the cats. I’m very curious to see how the cats react to that. 😀

As an aside, thanks for pronouncing my name correctly. You don’t know how many people have botched it.

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2. Fluxor - August 22, 2010

On the IEEE. Dave’s response was that IEEE is good for academia, but not for regular Joe engineers while Chris’s comment was that this is an academia vs. non-academia divide. I’ll take issues with both comments.

The number of fields covered by the IEEE is so large, I’m not sure that it’s possible to nail down a typical regular Joe engineer. Some engineers don’t care for or need the IEEE, some view it as quite important, and many fall in between. It all depends on the nature of one’s work. For analog and RF IC designers, everyone I know searches for papers relevant to their products. A university classmate creates DSP algorithms for radar systems and references IEEE papers. Another works in cellular networks and references IEEE papers. Digital designers use papers to see the latest trend in managing chip power. These are pretty diverse fields. One thing in common is that those referencing papers are working on leading edge products. Perhaps that is the where the dividing line is (and perhaps I should have posted this comment on The Amp Hour site instead…oh well).

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mareserinitatis - August 23, 2010

Nah, they’re off on other things…and without you commenting here, it gets quiet. But there’s nothing stopping you from copying and posting it there, too. 🙂

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3. Chris Gammell - August 23, 2010

I think the difference is that the RF/VLSI/chip design types are so far ahead of the general electronics stuff that it’s basically the bridge into the academic world. So perhaps there’s no divide at all, just shades of usefulness like Fluxor said. If I were designing a leading edge piece of silicon, I’m sure I’d do the same.

Maybe the best way to refer to it in industry is: If you’re writing app notes and datasheets, you probably utilize the IEEE. If you are using those app notes and datasheets, you’re probably not. I’m in the latter category.

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