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Welcome, Art Kay of Texas Instruments!
- Art started working as a test engineer at then Burr Brown, located in Tucson, AZ.
- They had a 4 inch wafer fab on site, which is now gone.
- The two stages of test engineering were:
- Initial stuff – “Characterization”
- Ongoing testing – “Test”
- Art worked in test in the following groups
- He then moved into factory application engineering, often focusing on electrical overstress issues.
- These days Art has been recruiting at Universities. Hobby interests continue to look good on resumes.
- The Analog Engineers Pocket Reference, written with Tim Green
- There is also an analog engineers calculator which covers similar things but online.
- There are 1000s of op amps and 100s of data converters
- Art’s main passion these days is working on Precision Labs. There is one for op amps and will soon be one for data converters.
- We’re glad to see technical content instead of Zombie videos coming from TI!
- The Precision Labs has a section that uses the National Instruments VirtualBench, discussed previously.
- Art is now an application manager for the SAR converter group.
- These are now getting up to 20 bits and significant speeds. The power consumption (like the nanoSAR) continues shrinking as well.
- SAR converters
- Delta Sigma Converters
- Art also has a book available on Amazon! Operational Amplifier Noise Techniques. This was derived from the content formerly on the En Genius site.
- You can find Art on LinkedIn or on E2E (requires login)
- If you’re interested in working with him, check out the TI careers page
Thanks for the interview, I got the Operational amplifier book, it is written quite well and the precision analog course is an awesome collection of usefull information.
Of course one could read the standart opamp book of texas instruments, maybe former bb, ron macini.
And one question or annotation, Art Kays book is , in my opinion, inspired by burr browns jerald graeme, I would have liked if you have talked about him a little bit too, as I can imagine Art Kay having learned quite a bit of his work ( also about photodiode amplifiers and opamps).
Anyway, thanks for the content, looking forward for the next episode.
Arthur Kay says
Thanks for the nice comments. I’m glad the book was helpful to you. Jerald was definitely and inspiration; especially for the photodiode section. Actually, I have never met Jerald so I couldn’t say too much about him. However, I did work directly with and get a lot of help from Rod Burt, Tim Green, and many others.