Robert W. Brown

Updated 20231230

I'm not a 21 year old graduate engineer, but have 25+ years experience. My main areas of interest are :

Embedded software & hardware design
Low power analogue design
Software in ANSI 'C' or assembler for Microchip PIC/Texas MSP430 family
Sub-1GHz radio applications and antennas

I did a degree in my 30's because there is almost no electronics manufacturing left in Britain. The degree actually did help me get ta better job in the end!

Employment history…

Currently on sabbatical doing house renovation

Previous Employer » Ovarro LD(Primayer), Denmead UK.

Position held » Hardware Design Engineer
Hardware design and validation of micro-controller and low power analogue circuits
Embedded systems software writing in 'C' mostly on Microchip PIC family
Design to comply with worldwide EMC standards
Test and production support

Previous employer » Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd, Havant UK.

Position held » Development Engineer
Embedded systems software writing in 'C' and PIC/Texas MSP430 assembler
Hardware design and validation of micro-controller and low power analog circuits
Design to comply with EMC and SIL standards
Test and production support

Previous employer » Navitron Systems Ltd, Havant, UK.
Position held » Design Engineer
Embedded systems software writing in 'C' and PIC/8051 assembler
Hardware design of micro-controller and analog circuits
Printed circuit board (PCB) layout using Electronics Workbench
Test and diagnostics of production items
Maintenance of required documentation to ISO audited standard

Previous employer » AMS Limited (now BAE Broadoak)
Position held » Test Systems Design Engineer
Test procedure writing
Design of Test Equipment and production of document packs
Refurbishment of test sites and legacy product support

Previous employer» Prosig Limited
Position held » Hardware maintenance engineer
Test and repair of data acquisition equipment
Field service as required
Test procedure writing

Previous employer» Micromill Electronics Ltd. (Now Cobham PLC)
Position held» Design Technician
Prototype testing and production test documentation
Design of test equipment and ancillaries
Technical support to production departments

Education »
* 2008 Full UK Amateur Radio Licence
* 2005 C&G ANSI 'C' programming
* 2003 BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering
* 1993 » BTEC Higher National Diploma, Electronic/Electrical Engineering.
* 1988 »  BTEC Higher National Certificate, Electronic/Electrical engineering.
* 1984 »  "A" level Physics & Chemistry.
* 1982 »  "O" level English, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, etc.

Work and other technical experience »
* Test/development on embedded, analog and RF circuits
* Familiar with all common test and measurement equipments
* Workplace software: Microsoft Office suite, Microchip MPLAB X IDE, MultiSim/Ultiboard simulation and schematic capture, CCS MSP430/MSP432 IDE, LTSPICE simulator, KiCAD V5/6, CADStar schematic capture and layout
* Leisure software: Apple Logic music sequencer, RapidWeaver (used for this site), HTML editing, various other software on Windows and Mac OS X.
* Component level diagnostics
* Full car driver's licence

Hobbies & Interests »
* Amateur Radio as
* Internet site building (this one is always under construction)
* Cycling & walking

Other Information »
* Date of birth » May 20th 1966.
* Marital status » Single.
* Nationality » British.

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