Monday, December 04, 2006

Web Archives

The archives are now complete, including all issues dating back to Volume 1, 1967!

What does this mean? First of all, the world will have available a journalistic history of products, technologies, and applications Analog Devices has been involved in, including our many successes—and yes, the few egregious failures otherwise lost in the mists of history.

Second, you will meet many of the (by now, several generations of) engineers who were part of this stream, including (perhaps too much of) ourselves—and so will get a flavor of the times.

A few cautions are necessary: These pages are reproduced without further editing, and may contain inaccuracies, especially in light of the passage of time. Since many (perhaps most) of the products mentioned, especially in the earliest days, are obsolete and perhaps long forgotten, even by us, the words you read in our pages may be the only surviving record of their existence. Your expectations of obtaining further information from us should properly be low.

Looking back at sampled pages, we’re again impressed at their readability, but we also note that, even with the high-resolution scanning, the detail in some of the illustrations is inevitably lost. The interested reader may have to tap one’s own creativity to guess at the details. Finally, because the scanning technique does not recognize characters, sufficient information has not been available to conveniently assemble a helpful index the easy way.
So with these caveats, we invite the historically interested reader to plunge into this literary stream and sample our global flow of signal processing products, technologies, and applications, as viewed from Norwood, Massachusetts.

Open a Dialogue
Do you find these archives useful? Please post your comments here.

If you would like a free copy of the Analog Dialogue 40th-anniversary CD, when available, please send your name, company affiliation, and mailing address to dialogue.editor@analog.com.

2 Comments:

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Occasionally I have a hobby to fix some unique instruments and need a replacement part, like recenly, OP16 and OP15 amplifiers. I remember that years ago they were the best precision parts, but now I needed a data sheet - and looking in my favorite sources I was upset not to find anything. But Google brought me to your archives and I was pleased to find what I needed. This was a great job, as you say, to preserve the ideas and inspirations of the people contributing to the leading technology, and also create nostalgia (I guess, these books were in blue color?)...

Most other companies are simply removing the data on obsolete products from their web sites, and Analog Devices did the right thing again!

I want to mention that I see improvement in the support and marketing in last couple years, especially in "doing right things".
Very much appreciated!

Dmitrii Loukianov

 
At 4:14 AM, OpenID converterpassion said...

It's a great idea to compile these archives. You have every reason to be proud of your history, and the historical evolution of the field also gives a better understanding of today's trends.

As you can se on my blog "Converter Passion", I'm all into R&D trends and statistics.

 

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