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Aubrey Kagan

Born and raised in what was then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Aubrey Kagan completed his electrical engineering degree at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and obtained an MBA at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He immediately started working in electronics and was fortunate enough to be around as microprocessors made their first inroads into industry. He was initially involved with designing controllers for industry and mines, with projects encompassing coffee packaging machines, railroad communication controllers, hydrological data monitors, automatic calorimeters, and diamond sorters. The isolation of South Africa (geographically, economically, and later politically) allowed him to gain a wide range of experiences with many aspects of the industry, including analog and digital circuit design, the use of PCs (including the use of spreadsheets) to gather data, and the early use of CAD. Aubrey now lives in Canada. Here he originally worked on the specifications for the Canadarm 2 (the remote control arm on the International Space Station), but he is now involved with far less grandiose projects. He is Engineering Manager at Emphatec, a Toronto-based design house of industrial control interfaces, signal conditioners, and switch-mode power supplies. Micro experience includes Intel (8048, 8051, 8080, 8085), RCA (1802), Zilog (Z80, Z8), PIC (16Cxxx), Scenix (SX18), TI (TMS7000, MSP430), and Cypress (PSoC1/4/5). His specialty lies in blending the linear with the digital hardware and then processing in software. Aubrey has written several technical articles for Circuit Cellar and has contributed several design ideas to EDN and Electronic Design as well as an application note for Cypress Microsystems. He blogs for embedded.com, Planet Analog and EE Times.He is also the author of "Excel by Example: A Microsoft Excel Cookbook for Electronics Engineers".

Defensive outputs

A while ago I wrote blog on “intelligent” output drivers, which allow you to monitor the output current to an external load that your micro…

Timer, anyone?

When I decided to write about timers, I thought it would be a simple exercise. Timers are one of those components that straddle the digital/analog…

Unusual connectors

You may remember I did a blog“Which PCB Connectors Are Best?” on connectors some time ago. Now I don’t mean to re-invent the wheel, but I…

Burn-in chamber

The probability of failure of any complex system follows the so-called bathtub curve where the likelihood of a system problem is relatively high early in…

The app I need

Max's recent blog (It's a naughty engineer who neglects his/her logbook) sent me rummaging through my own notebooks for something I wrote a while back: …