Jim Williams passed away four weeks ago on June 12, 2011.
He was a hero, role model, mentor, and friend. I deeply miss our flea-market sprees, our junk-store pilgrimages, and our oscilloscope-repair adventures. Most of all, I miss our effortless random conversations, discussing history, business, pranks, and, of course, circuits.
Thankfully, he will never be gone completely: he left behind over 350 publications relating to analog circuit design, so generations of engineers can continue to learn from his wisdom.
To fill some of the void left by his untimely departure, I’ve decided to (re)read his seven book chapters and his 62 Linear Technology application notes (over 1600 pages!) and to write some commentary as I do. Reading a long book is often compared to having an intimate conversation with the author. In effect, this is my final conversation with Jim.