THE ANALOG THING
Newsletter #15 (June 2023)
Welcome to the fourteenth newsletter on all things THAT (THE ANALOG THING).
Believe it or not but the production problems seem to be sorted out! :-)
We had a phenomenal yield of (pretty exactly) 95%. This is all the more
remarkable given previous yields which were between 0% (not joking) and
During the last week we assembled and tested nearly 300 THATs that were
shipped, drastically reducing our backlog down to less then 400 more THATs.
The next batch of 300 THATs will go into production in the next couple
of weeks and be shipped in August. See our
updated production state table
The following picture gives an impression of the assembly and test
process. Assembly consists of soldering the cable to the panel voltmeter,
mounting the acrylic sheet with four plastic studs to the BASE PCB, and
finally mating FRONT and BASE PCB (by means of four studs, eight screws,
and eight washers). In a final step, the knobs are put on the coefficient
potentiometers and control switches (this proved to be quite tedious as
more than 20% of the knobs had a too large diameter to fit tightly on the
Each of the fully assembled THATs is then put into the semi-automatic
tester (it requires a tester to turn all coefficient potentiometers and
the control switches etc.) where every single function and jack on the
FRONT PCB are tested.
All THATs that came out of the test with flying colors are then packaged
by Rikka (a rather tedious task - packaging, printing stickers for the
postal office and customs, add invoices, add additional parts ordered
by customers etc.):
These packages are then brought to the postal office:
All things THAT and analog computing in general
On Wednesday, 14th of June, 2023, there will be a talk on analog
computing for the 21st century at the KIT in Karlsruhe:
Our team members Maikel and Sven presented The Analog Thing at
the UnternehmerTUM DemoDay
in Munich last week (Photos by Bert Willer):
Jules May delivered a great talk on analog computing with examples
implemented on THE ANALOG THING at the
SDD 2023 in London. The first of the following pictures shows him
on the left and Samantha Unwin. She set up the programs on THE ANALOG
THING and operated the oscilloscope during the lecture. (Photos by Joe
THE ANALOG THING was also shown at the
Happy Knobbing event and is (very) briefly visible at 3:16 in the
second video on that page.
Happy analog computing!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding THE ANALOG THING.
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