Bob Pease "RAP"

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  1. KL7AJ

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    Yeah, and he's got better test equipment, too.
     
  3. Sparky

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    I also enjoy reading Pease' columns.

    I've met Bob a couple of times in Huntsville Al when he was on a lecture tour with National semiconductor.

    Here's his web site at National:

    http://www.national.com/rap/

    -Sparky
     
  4. KL7AJ

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    Glad to have another Pease Porridge disciple on board! I've had a few interesting correspondences with him over the years. :)
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  5. Ron H

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    I have also been a Pease fan for years.
    Speaking of gurus, I had a beer circa 1966 with Bob Widlar, who designed, among other more famous ICs, the uA710, which was the first IC comparator. I was trying to make an 8 bit A/D with them, and was frustrated by self-induced input offset due to the power dissipation changes in the input differential pair transistors. When I told him this, he stated unequivocally that an integrated 8 bit A/D would never be possible.
    He was definitely a guru, but he was not much of a prophet.:D
     
  6. KL7AJ

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    Wasn't it Bill Gates who said,"We'll never need more than 64K of ram"???

    If he followed his own advice, think how lean and mean windows would be!

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  7. flat5

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    Ok, you had a beer. How many beers did Mr. (Dr.?) Widlar have before making that prediction :)
     
  8. Ron H

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    God only knows. He was known, especially in those days, as one who could suck down a lot of booze.

    What's All This Widlar Stuff, Anyhow? is a great tribute from RAP to Widlar, and it has some stories about his drinking habits and eccentricities.
     
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    Thanks for the info. A nice read.
     
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