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MEP EP#208: Brian Kaczynski with Second Sound

Podcast Notes

Brian Kaczhnski

  • Brian earned his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001
  • Has worked since 1999 as a mixed-signal/RF ASIC designer focusing mainly on LAN applications such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, etc
  • His passion for music and desire to bridge the gap between acoustic/electric instruments and music synthesizers (both analog and digital) inspire his current work

Second Sound

  • Why the name Second Sound?
  • How many employees?
  • ACO100 and ACO160 ICs
    • What is an audio controlled oscillator?
      • Frequency detection
    • ACO160 vs ACO100
    • Moving from custom Ic to Firmware solution?
      • What drove this decision?
      • How does this differ from the hardware solution?
      • Will you be offering the ACO100 IC?
    • Development Boards
  • Integrated Circuit creation
    • How did you go about designing these chips?
      • Software?
      • Required Files?
    • What was your process of getting them manufactured?
    • Tips and tricks for people wanting to manufacture Ics?
    • Challenges and what to avoid?
  • What changed to enable going from a chip design to a MCU firmware based design?

Brian Kaczynski of Second Sound

Brian Kaczynski of Second Sound


The ACO160 evaluation PCB.

The ACO160 evaluation PCB.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!

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