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Editor's Notes
NEW FELLOW
Dan Sheingold We are pleased to note that Woody Beckford was introduced as the newest Fellow at our 1997 General Technical Conference. Fellow, at Analog Devices, represents the highest level of achievement that a technical contributor can achieve, on a par with Vice President. The criteria for promotion to Fellow are very demanding. Fellows will have earned universal respect and recognition from the technical community for unusual talent and identifiable innovation at the state of the art; their creative technical contributions in product or process technology will have led to commercial success with a major impact on the company's net revenues.

Their attributes include roles as mentor, consultant, entrepreneur, organizational bridge, teacher, and ambassador. They must also be effective leaders and members of teams and in perceiving customer needs. Woody's technical abilities, accomplishments, and personal qualities well-qualify him to join Fellows Derek Bowers (1991), Paul Brokaw (1980), Lew Counts (1984), Barrie Gilbert (1980) Jody Lapham (1988), Fred Mapplebeck (1989), Jack Memishian (1980), Doug Mercer (1995), Mohammad Nasser (1993), Wyn Palmer (1991), Richie Payne (1994), Carl Roberts (1992), Paul Ruggerio (1994), Brad Scharf (1993), Mike Timko (1982), Bob Tsang and Mike Tuthill (1988), Jim Wilson (1993), and Scott Wurcer (1996).

WOODROW BECKFORD
A manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed-signal products must be able rapidly and economically to test products meeting state-of-the-art specs in production quantities for market success and profitability. ADI's Component Test Systems division specializes in designing and manufacturing advanced test systems to production-test our leadership products at low cost.

Woody Beckford, the father of the latest series, the CTS-5000s, conceived the entire system architecture&emdash;hardware and software, designed the initial electrical and mechanical hardware, and directed the software development. The result, VXI-based testing with autocalibration (no trimming pots) and a loaded cost 1/3 the cost of anything comparable. But nothing comparable exists; many CTS-5000 capabilities, unavailable at any price, have been key to ADI's continued leadership in high-speed converters.

Woody was born and raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University in 1982 with a BS in Physics. His co-op program jobs were at the MIT Bates Linear Accelerator (high-energy physics) and LTX Corporation (ATE). After graduation, he came to work for ADI's CTS division. He has worked on just about every generation of CTS test equipment&emdash;the 2000, 3000, and 5000 series. In his spare time he enjoys amateur radio (N1IBY), listening to music, riding motorcycles, and target shooting. He is married, with 3 children.

Dan.Sheingold@analog.com

THE AUTHORS

Joe Buxton is a Senior Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA, for ADI's Power Management product line. He is currently designing battery charger and switching regulator ICs. Previously he was an Applications Engineer, writing numerous articles and developing SPICE macromodels for ADI components. Joe has a BSEE (1988) from the University of California, Berkeley. In his leisure time, he enjoys running, skiing, reading, and travel.

Mike Walsh is a Senior Product Engineer in the High-Speed Converter group, in Wilmington, MA, working on high-resolution ADCs and mixed-signal consumer video ASICs. He joined Analog Devices in 1989, after graduating from Boston University with a MSEE. In his spare time, Mike enjoys woodworking and playing with his two daughters.

Bob Scannell is a Product Marketing Manager in the Multichip Products group of ADI, in Greensboro, NC. Bob has been involved with research, design, and marketing of DSP multiprocessors and multichip modules for 12 years. He holds a MS Computer Engineering degree from USC and a BSEE from UCLA. When away from work, Bob enjoys woodworking and travel.

Grayson King, an Applications Engineer in the Central Applications group in Wilmington, MA, has a BSEE from Clarkson University. In addition to providing customer support for linear and converter products, Grayson is currently working to develop computer tools to aid designers in product selection. He also enjoys telemark skiing, white-water kayaking, and finding new ways to make a simple audio amplifier.

Dave Robertson is a design engineer in the Analog Devices High-Speed Converter group in Wilmington, MA. His photo and a brief biography appeared in Analog Dialogue 30-3.

David Skolnick is a Technical Writer with ADI's Computer Products Division, in Norwood, MA. His photo and a brief biography appeared in Analog Dialogue 31-1.

Noam Levine is a Product Manager with ADI's Computer Products Division, in Norwood, MA. His photo and a brief biography appeared in Analog Dialogue 31-1.

Joe DiPilato is a Product Marketing Manager in the High Speed Converter group in Wilmington, MA. His photo and a brief biography appeared in Analog Dialogue 30-3.

Larry Singer is a Senior Design Engineer in ADI's High Speed Converter group in Wilmington, MA. His photo and a brief biography appeared in Analog Dialogue 29-2.