Look at what you missed at the Analog Aficionados dinner 2017

-February 09, 2017

Aficionados of the analog world got together for their annual dinner in Santa Clara, CA at David’s restaurant across the road from Levi’s Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers play NFL football (but not in the Super Bowl this year). Many of the attendees also come for the ISSCC conference which is usually in the week following our dinner.

A special thanks to Tim McCune, President of Linear Systems, who took over the responsibilities of keeping this annual event going from Paul Rako. Credit also to Paul who had actually revived this event shortly after the tragic passing of Jim Williams, the originator of this annual get-together.

As we filed in and picked up our name badges, old friends and new friends greeted each other, and had a drink or an appetizer at the complementary buffet provided by analog sponsors.


The ‘Steve Squad’ got together and discussed the analog industry in front of one of many TVs showing the Super Bowl game, and the multiple tables and displays like that of Tom Fredericksen, which you can see in the photo below. Some of the diverse display tables included an EDN display of 1990s articles by Jim Williams (Linear Technology and founder of the Analog Aficionados dinner), Jerold Graeme (Burr-Brown analog expert who wrote classic analog app notes and papers), Walt Jung and James Wong (Analog Devices gurus), Bob Pease (National Semiconductor icon), and Walt Kester (Analog Devices analog master).

The ‘Steve Squad’ includes electronics industry prophet and writer Steve Ohr (left) and EDN editor Steve Taranovich (right).

Happy reunions


Plenty of good food from David’s Restaurant (Image courtesy of Ed Fong)


Bright young analog engineers (our future)


More experienced analog engineers, Arlie Stonestreet II (left) and Ken Shirrif (right)


Distinguished analog electronics professor at SFSU (retired) Sergio Franco showed off the shirt made for him by his students from the IEEE Student Chapter at SFSU (The image was actually a 'cheat-sheet' for analog ICs).



Even Heathkit by Daystrom was there.



Executives Tim McCune, President of Linear Systems (left), Tunç Doluca, CEO of Maxim Integrated (center) and EDN editor Steve T (right) enjoyed the updated placemats that McCune had made for this event with photos and bios of frequent attendees. (Image courtesy of Ferda Millan, Maxim Integrated)


There will be more to come on this event on EDN and Planet Analog. Let me know if you want to attend the dinner next year. There is no fee; we only ask that you are an ‘analog aficionado.’ Please check out the Analog Aficionados website too.

Analog Aficionados through the years:

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