Don Tuite covers Analog and Power issues for Electronic Design’s magazine and website. He has a BSEE and an M.S in Technical Communication, and has worked for companies in aerospace, broadcasting, test equipment, semiconductors, publishing, and media relations, focusing on developing insights that link technology, business, and communications. Don is also a ham radio operator (NR7X), private pilot, and motorcycle rider, and he’s not half bad on the 5-string banjo.

Posts by Don Tuite

in Secondary Emissions Jan 30, 2014

Armstrong and Sarnoff, 101 Years Ago

"validation of the regenerative detector was a significant inflection point in the history of communication....More
in Secondary Emissions Jan 21, 2014

Meditations on Security and the NSA

"My nephew was taking out the garbage when the Street-View truck was going by, and he flipped them the bird."....More
in Secondary Emissions Jan 07, 2014

Keysight: The New Kid’s Got Some Living Up to Do

"Well, I have a funny name myself; I’m not going to rag them on it."....More
in Secondary Emissions Dec 21, 2013

Expect Collaboration and Innovation In 2014

"The first looks at universities and entrepreneurial incubation programs. These collaborations provide facilities, professorial expertise, and grad-....More
in Secondary Emissions Dec 02, 2013

The Best Kept Secret About Quantum Computing

"Have you been bluffing your way through conversations about quantum computing? I have."....More
in Secondary Emissions Nov 24, 2013

Solar-Electric Company Runs on Steam

"On a sunny day, the stored steam contains enough energy that it can be taken down through all four stages of the compound steam engine."....More
in Secondary Emissions Oct 07, 2013

Birdies on the Wing: Questions about Clock Dithering and the FAA

"What if 300 people on an airplane are all using multiple gadgets, each of which raises the noise floor by just a little bit?"....More
in Secondary Emissions Aug 17, 2013

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop and LIM Trains

LIMs have been studied for ground transportation before....More
in Secondary Emissions Jul 26, 2013

Information Theory Applied (Loosely) to Cell Phones, Ham Radio and General Aviation

"All of us have different capabilities for functioning in the presence of distractions. At one end of the spectrum is the classic being 'unable to....More
in Secondary Emissions Jul 10, 2013

My Favorite Entrepreneurs: #1: Robert Chao (ALD)

"Bob has a lock on a particular kind of floating-gate MOSFET that can be tuned for a threshold of zero volts."....More
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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