Jim Williams | Cypress Semiconductor
June 13, 2011
I just received notice from Paul Rako that Application Engineer Jim Williams died today as the result of a stroke.
I believe that Jim was one of the top three analog engineers on the world. Anf you can imagine how giddy I was when I had the fortune of getting a letter from him (Jim didn’t like e-mail) after the publication of the first part of my five art series on Delta Sigma. He very graciously complemented my work and sent me some of is aps note on single slope convertors. He also sent me a copy of a very early single slope paper written in the 40s. No ego just a guy sharing his passion with another.
I have a copy of his book and I hope that someday I will be able to half as well as him. I still insist of prototyping circuit instead of relying on just simulations. I learned this for Jim.
Jim leaves a big hole as an engineer that liked, understood, and could explain practical analog concepts. I really don’t see who will fill it.
If you want to have some fun, go read Jim’s work from the early 80s. It was at the start of Linear Tech and it was brilliant.
So good bye Jim. You left the state of the art far more advanced.
If anyone has some good Jim stories this would be a good place to tell them.