Attributions in the Engineering Community—From the Weak Write Test Mode Saga

I had approximately 500 Pentium (P54CS) parts that uniquely failed the Weak Write Test Mode (WWTM.)  In the lab I ran the test on an IMS debug tester to diagnose the failing cell location–engineers always want more data. I talked to engineering managers regarding additional tests. The resulting list would require help from other engineering…

Proving You Can Find a Needle: From the Weak Write Test Mode Saga

Needles don’t occur in every haystack. Suppose you have developed a new method to detect a needle. Now prove it! Easy, you say—just toss some needles into a haystack and go find them. I faced this scenario with proving that Weak Write Test Mode would work. Two things needed to be proved: Did the new…

Facing John Waicukauski: From the Weighted Random Pattern Chronicles

Last year my friend Rick and I were talking about a mutual friend, John. Rick mentioned that some people found John intimidating; I stated I did not. Rick stared me in the eyes and stated “Anne, no one intimidates you.” Rick has known me nearly 20 years, mostly via our mutual world of ski instruction….

When I Really learned Ohm’s Law

Doc Fry first taught me Ohm’s Law; V=IxR. As a high school senior I joined my younger sister Margaret in Introduction to Electronics. For labs we played with vacuum tubes, voltage sources, resistors. I recall the countless times we had a mess of wires on our breadboard and nothing worked. We quickly learned the first…