Inspiration from Two Creative Artists of Analog Design

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Two chip design and applications legends of Silicon Valley died eight days apart in late June: Jim Williams of Linear Technology and Bob Pease, retired from National Semiconductor. Although the quiet Williams and flamboyant Pease had different personalities, both had an unshakable vision of engineering as a creative art form, not just a number-crunching exercise in problem solving. I will gladly admit to being a fan of both men—with an appreciation for their quality work and interesting attitudes toward the profession.