Photo, Short Bio & CV web page for Ron Nicholson
(Antarctic Peninsula 2000),
A window in Tuscany
(Smashing a wine glass 2009),
(Great Barrier Reef 2016),
As founder of
I have been developing iOS applications since the iPhone App
store first opened, with over 20 iOS apps currently available in the
iTunes App Store, plus 1 Apple Watch app and 4 macOS apps.
My current specialty is mobile device
digital signal processing (DSP) for
music, audio, amateur radio, and software defined radio (SDR),
written in Objective C, C and Swift.
A few years ago, I was a consultant and Senior Research Engineer at
Wyse Technology (now part of Dell),
working on PocketCloud
and mobile thin client and cloud computing initiatives (U.S. patents
9,185,171 and 9,384,526
Before that, I was Director of Product Architecture at
a fabless semiconductor start-up company,
doing configurable logic (FPGA) architecture and applications engineering
(U.S. Patents 7,786,757 and
Previous to that, I spent a few years doing embedded
consulting and developing PalmOS applications.
Before that I was an SOC ASIC architect
(developing intellectual property for systems-on-a-chip interconnect)
Palmchip Corp. in San Jose.
During the dot com era, I spent several years at
SGI (Silicon Graphics)
interactive television systems
consumer multimedia/3D graphics ASICs
(U.S Patent 6,275,239),
about a decade too early for their time.
At SGI, I also designed a portion of the
and was also involved in the design of ASICs for
MIPS Magic Carpet and
digital video servers.
Once upon a time, I studied engineering and mathematics at the
University of California at Berkeley
(where I designed a pipelined RISC CPU for Dr. Sequin's CS152A class),
later worked at
on Apple II
Super Serial Card
which stayed on Apple's price list for over a decade)
and on the custom
IWM ("Integrated Woz Machine")
disc controller ASIC and the CMOS clock chip for the
( case signatures, Mac 128k thru SE), as well as the Apple IIe.
In 1983, I was one of the founders of
where I was lead hardware architect
original Amiga system and custom chip set
( Amiga 1000 case signatures,
As an example of the industry reinventing old terminology and ideas,
way back in 1985, I was software manager in a small company named
"Information Appliance, Inc."
I also did stints at
Compression Labs (prototype run-length decoding hardware for a laser printer), at Hewlett Packard (helping develop early RISC workstations and GaAs supercomputers),
at Sigma Designs as an engineering manager,
and at Sierra Research and Technology,
where I was one of the architects of
an OC-12 (622 Mbps) network interface
ATM SAR ASIC
which was said at one time to be responsible for moving
over 80% of all internet traffic in the U.S.
hobbies and recreational activities
have included Standard Ballroom dancing
(plus some West Coast Swing, NY
, and Argentine Tango),
amateur radio (call sign N6YWU),
obtaining my private pilots license (ASEL),
on odd topics such as the latest research in evolutionary psychology,
and writing fun
software for Macintosh computers,
for PalmOS handhelds
and for Apple
iPhones and iPads.
I've also run the
Bay-To-Breakers 12k race
16 times, and the Silicon Valley half marathon (just once!).
I retired from
Western Square Dance calling
(where I was club caller for the Andante Squares in Sunnyvale
and the Highland Swingers in Redwood City)
over a decade ago.
I've travelled to
Japan, Australia, New Zealand,
Copenhagen, Iceland, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Tuscany, Costa Rica,
Hong Kong, China
(including finding ballroom and Hustle dancing in Beijing),
the Antarctic Peninsula, Buenos Aires,
Blackpool, London, Paris,
on Mediterranean and Baltic Sea cruises,
plus scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef,
and some hiking in the Grand Canyon
and backpacking in Yosemite and Lassen National Parks.
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@hotpaw on Twitter
My StackOverflow/StackExchange page
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