PeterTraneus Anderson


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In reading EE Times and other technical press over the years, I've concluded that tech now means mostly software development -- digital hardware is an expansion of skills; analog hardware is exotic; and radio and electromagnetics are magic. In fact, I wrote a short essay of magic and wizardry in the style of Tolkien.

I was born in New York City in 1948, a year after the point-contact transistor was invented, and I grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, less than three miles from Edwin H. Armstrong's radio tower in Alpine, New Jersey. I still have the 1949 FM tuner on which my parents listened to Armstrong's FM broadcast station KE2XCC, and the tuner still works.

I've been building radio receivers since the late 1950s, using crystal diodes and vacuum tubes and germanium transistors in the 1950s, silicon transistors and analog integrated circuits in the 1960s and 1970s, and a digital downconverter in 1993. I've been building hardware and writing software for embedded systems since 1974, starting on an Intel 8008, and I primarily work assembly language and C.

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