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Altium Interview with Steve Sandler: Being Right Matters! When, Why and What to Simulate

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

“Steve Sandler, electronics simulation and PI guru, prolific author, AEi Systems founder, and president of Picotest, joins the OnTrack Podcast for a “hold onto your seats” discussion of how he came to simulate the International Space Station for NASA, the intricacies of the James Webb Space Telescope, his flash of insight while improving WEBENCH®, modern board level issues, and his secret life as a pizza chef.

Steve will have a significant role in the virtual edition of AltiumLive coming up in October 2020. So get to know him, his new company Picotest, connect with him on LinkedIn, and even take a virtual tour of his lab!”

Check out the show notes and additional resources here: Download the podcast here: Altium 365 Podcast Listener Discount ?

Jump to Show Highlights:

1:38 Steve Sandler’s upcoming role in AltiumLive 2020 02:55 key takeaways from the circuits simulation effort 04:53 How the James Webb Space Telescope demonstrates the necessity of simulation 06:12 Understanding why and what you’re simulating 08:25 ”A whole new set of problems”: today’s board level issues 10:23 Europa satellite; ground bounce in the printed circuit board 11:52 Altium’s Ben Jordan’s go-to SPICE simulation book 13:37 NASA, AEi Systems, and Steve’s most difficult simulation 18:07 A brief history of the SPICE engine (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) 22:02 How Steve used a behavioral model to fix WEBENCH® 25:36 From PI to (PI)zza; Steve’s secret life as a pizza chef 28:20 ”I got bored…”: coming out of retirement to start Picotest 29:32 Sandler on LinkedIn: take a virtual tour of Steve’s laboratory!

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