Analog Paradigm by Anabrid

Newsletter #15 (June 2023)

Welcome to the fourteenth newsletter on all things THAT (THE ANALOG THING).

Production updates

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 about 50%.

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 for details.

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 shafts).

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.

[Photo of Karl-Heinz in our lab]

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.):

[Photo of Rikka in our sending office]

These packages are then brought to the postal office:

[A palette of THAts]

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:

[Youtube teaser of KIT talk]

Our team members Maikel and Sven presented The Analog Thing at the UnternehmerTUM DemoDay in Munich last week (Photos by Bert Willer):

[Photo of Maikel at UnternehmerTUM Demo Day 2023]
[Photo of THATs in Munich]

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 Natoli):

[Photo of Jules May and Samantha Unwin]
[Photo of Jules May and Samantha Unwin]

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!


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