Paul Rako

Paul
Rako
Creative Writer,
Atmel Corporate Marketing

 

Paul Rako is a creative writer for Atmel corporate marketing. After attending GMI (now Kettering University) and the University of Michigan, he worked as an auto engineer in Detroit. He next moved to Silicon Valley to start an engineering consulting company. After his share of startups and contract work, he became an apps engineer at National Semiconductor and a marketing maven at Analog Devices. He also had a five-year stint at EDN magazine on the analog beat. His interests include politics, philosophy, motorcycles, and making music and videos. He has six Harley Sportsters, a studio full of musical instruments, a complete laboratory, and a 10,000-pound milling machine at his Domicile of the Future in Sunnyvale, Calif. 

 
Articles
What’s All This Bias Current Stuff, Anyhow? 2
In 2006, Bob Pease exchanged e-mails with an engineer having some trouble with an integrator circuit. Bob's solution holds up well today.
What’s All This Capacitive Loading, Stuff, Anyhow? 6
In 2008, Bob Pease exchanged e-mails with Linear Technology’s Mark Thoren, Paul Rako, and a few other friends about a tough subject—how an amplifier will oscillate if you put a capacitive load on it.
What’s All This Meter Accuracy Stuff, Anyhow? 10
Bob Pease and Reginald Neale exchanged a series of letters back in 1989 addressing the age old question of accuracy versus precision in their test equipment.
What’s All This Solenoid Driver Stuff, Anyhow? 14
Paul Rako recalls an exchange with the late Bob Pease about a solenoid driver he found on the Web. Of course, Bob had plenty of criticism and advice as he drew up his own version of the circuit.
What’s All This RIP (Rest In Pease) Stuff, Anyhow? 15
On the second anniversary of Bob Pease's death, Paul Rako remembers the qualities that made the analog guru such a fine engineer and a good friend.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 3

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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