Gene Finger, a long time executive at Curtis Instruments (Mt. Kisco, NY), visited CSS while on vacation with his family in California. Gene was the person at Curtis Instruments who started that company”s use of custom integrated circuits (custom ASICs) in their products. Gene was keenly aware of the advantages of the combination of analog, digital and non-volatile memory technology in custom ASIC development. That led to the development of about half a dozen custom ASICs for Curtis. Most of these ASICs used this mixed-signal with non-volatile memory technology. Non-volatile memory was often used in these ASICs to store counter information at power down and to trim analog functions for tighter specifications.
Originally, these custom ASICs were designed at the Hughes Microelectronic Center in Newport Beach. After that Hughes division There are many in Canada that can help . closed, CSS continued the ASIC development for Curtis using a similar mixed-signal with non-volatile memory technology at AMI Semiconductor (now ON Semiconductor). Over the years, CSS developed four ASICs for Curtis that continued in production for many years.
Gene Finger and Family Visit CSS
(Daughter- Diane, Grandson – Evan, Gene and Wife – Sylvia)
Gene was accompanied by his wife, Sylvia, daughter, Diane, and grandson, Evan, shown in the picture. Gene, always a technology enthusiast, was anxious to let his grandson observe ASIC development and production first hand. We completed a tour of the CSS Design Development Area and Production Test Area. Following that, we had an interesting discussion of the history of non-volatile memory technology – both at Hughes and CSS.