“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!”

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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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