[SI-LIST] Re: What do you do?

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  • To: <gerald.johnson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <jeff.loyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 08:37:45 -0600

A signal integrity engineer is someone who knows that every digital =
signal is analog, and that every analog signal obeys Maxwell's =
equations.=20

Art Porter
Agilent Technologies=20

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Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 8:33 AM
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Subject: [SI-LIST] Re: What do you do?

This may be even further off topic, but I've had a similar problem
in the past when interviewing college new grads for a position in
an SI group. I've explained it as "we define the limits within which
the digital designers can safely pretend things are actually digital"
and that seemed to help them understand. Of course, that was in a
mainframe computer company and it won't work as well in an
instrumentation company where there's significant analog content as
well.

Jerry Johnson
Senior Staff Engineer
Teradyne Inc.

Loyer, Jeff wrote:
> Sorry if this is a little off-task, but ABOUT the most perplexing
> problem I've had for a while is answering the question "So, what do =
you
> do?".  I faced this again while buying a dirt bike in the panhandle of
> Idaho - not a place exactly full of E-mag expertise (though maybe a
> certain eastern Washingtoner might have relatives there?).  After =
years
> of blank looks, I've never found a good answer.  I mostly resort to "I
> design computers" or something like that.  Does anyone have a good =
SHORT
> explanation of what a "Signal Integrity Engineer" does, for the =
general
> public, who think "fast busses" is an oxymoron?  I recently heard of
> "Microwave Plumber" and am thinking that comes pretty close!
>=20
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