Selected Publications
Ghost written articles have been omitted per the client contract: High-Tech - Signal Integrity, high speed standards, . . . 1. The twisted Future of optical signal modulation, EDN’s Measure of Things, 20-November-2017 2. The biggest change in PAM4: How do the eyes line up? EDN’s Eye on the Standards, 17-October-2017 3. Top 10 Questions Going into DesignCon 2017: What’s hot in signal integrity right here, right now, plus shwag and Chiphead’s favorite song, DesignNews, 16-January-2017 4. Commercial content in DesignCon papers, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 23-November-2016 5. Transmitter FFE makes the channel do the work, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 30-June-2016 6. Don’t confuse PAM4 SER and BER, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 27-May-2016 7. PAM4: Symbol levels and voltage compression measurements, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 26-April-2016 8. Can we avoid COMmitting the same mistakes we made with jitter?, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 18-March-2016 9. Analyzing closed eyes: CRJ and CDJ, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 12-January-2016 10. The tradeoff between crosstalk and loss, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 5-January-2016 11. It’s Not Jitter, It’s Noise, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 28-December-2015 12. Your DesignCon 2016 dance card isn’t Complete Without…, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 21-Dec-2015 13. DesignCon2016: Prepare for the PAM4 Phase Shift, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 4-Dec-2015 14. Optimize equalization for FFE, CTLE, DFE, and crosstalk, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 21-Oct-2015 15. The high tech diversity problem’s bottom line, EDN’s Measure of Things, 25-Sep-2015 16. How do I know if my simulation correlates to reality? EDN’s Eye on Standards, 7-Sep-2015 17. Measure career advancement by blowing your mind, EDN’s Measure of Things, 29-July-2015 18. PCIe Update: Power, IoT, storage, OCuLink, simulation, and equalization, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 1- July-2015 19. Silicon photonics: Will the hare finally catch the tortoise? EDN’s Eye on Standards, 22-June-2015 20. Why FEC plays nice with DFE, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 7-May-2015 21. Trading signal complexity for bandwidth, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 8-April-2015 22. Ten events for your DesignCon2015 dance card, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 24-Jan-2015 23. PAM4 takes the spotlight at DesignCon 2015, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 29-Dec-2014 24. 100G and things to COM, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 20-Nov-2014 25. 10 tips on being a consultant, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 27-Aug-2014 26. The EE consultant who despises engineering fraud, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 20-Aug-2014 27. Four 400G quandaries to look forward to, 4-Aug-2014 28. Are standards technological socialism? 30-Apr-2014 29. When will PAM4 take over from NRZ?, 21-Apr-2014 30. See the crosstalk in 100 GbE, All Aboard Article, 18-Apr-2014 31. Top 5 things I learned at DesignCon2014, DesignCon blog, 30-Jan-2014 32. Why total jitter cannot be measured on a scope, 15-Jan-2014 33. Phase noise analyzers take over from scopes, How-to Article written with Michael Dunn, 10-Jan-2014 34. Battle on the chip!, DesignCon blog, 20-Dec-2013 35. Tech paper writing tips: A dark and stormy night, Around the Circuit article, 6-Nov-2013 36. Will BIST kill T&M?, DesignCon Community, 19-July-2013 37. M-PCI-e - Goin mobile! Electronic Design News’ Eye on Standards, 15-July-2013 38. How to Write a DesignCon Abstract, DesignCon Community, 18-June-2013 39. Is DesignCon Ready for Photonics? DesignCon Community, 6-May-2013 40. Time domain? Frequency domain? … frequency of the phase domain! Scope-Junction, 26-Apr-2013 41. Five scope specs Dr. J must have, Scope-Junction, 8-Apr-2013 42. Is the Frequency Domain for Real? DesignCon Community, 2-Apr-2013 43. AMI comes alive! Scope-Junction, 25-Mar-2013 44. The Mystery of Long Test Patterns, Part 2, DesignCon Community, 8-Mar-2013 45. The Mystery of Long Test Patterns, Part 1, DesignCon Community,  4-Mar-2013 46. You can see the crosstalk in 100GbE, Scope-Junction, 28-Feb-2013 47. Tail-fitting is back--worry! Scope-Junction, 13-Feb-2013 48. Top 10 Things at DesignCon 2013, DesignCon Community, 11-Feb-201 49. Dual-Dirac doesn’t approximate total jitter, Scope-Junction, 29-Jan-2013 50. The case of the closing Eye, DesignCon Community, 24-Jan-2013 51. Getting lucky at trade shows, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 22-Jan-2013 52. How the trouble with RJ led to TJ, Scope-Junction 17-Jan-2013 53. Test pattern redemption! Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 15-Jan-2013 54. Techno-fesitvus for the engineering-rest-of-us, DesignCon Community, 14-Jan-2013 55. Jitterfest, Scope-Junction, 7-Jan-2013 56. If it Works in Theory, It Will Work in Practice (cont’d), Scope-Junction, 24-Dec-2012 57. If it Works in Theory, It Will Work in Practice, Scope-Junction, 17-Dec-2012 58. Working Toward Single Wavelength Petabits, Scope-Junction, 19-Nov-2012 59. Design is innovation, DesignCon Community, 19-Nov-2012 60. Vote no on PRBS31 (and the problem with journalism...), Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 6-Nov-2012 61. Solving the Crosstalk Dilemma: CAJ me if you CAN, Scope-Junction, 29-Oct-2012 62. What makes DesignCon special, DesignCon Community, 22-Oct-2012 63. My First Time was Cosmic, Scope-Junction, 11-Oct-2012 64. Analyzing Crosstalk on a BERT, Scope-Junction, 27-Sep-2012 65. PRBS31: slower, costlier, worse, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 26-Sep-2012 66. The One-Box Solution, BERT Edition, Scope-Junction, Scope-Junction, 6-Sep-2012 67. The very short reach of 25 Gb/s, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 31-Aug-2012 68. Oscilloscopes Have Become a One-Box Solution, VNA Edition, Scope-Junction, 20-Aug-2012 69. Samtec out-geeks PCIe’s OCuLink, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 15-Aug-2012 70. Oscilloscopes: a one-box solution?, Scope-Junction, 6-Aug-201 71. PCI Express update: the next, next, next generation, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 25-July-201 72. Scope TLAs & Metaphorical Phosphor, Scope-Junction, 20-July-2012 73. How dancing clocks saved the world, Scope-Junction, 5-July-2012 74. DLL-based clock recovery cranks up net bandwidths, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 2-July-2012 75. Get your BUJ off my RJ! Scope-Junction, 21-June-2012 76. Measuring ISI at high data rates is impossible, Scope-Junction, 18-June-2012 77. Measuring RJ on oscilloscopes, Scope-Junction, 8-June-2012 78. Test patterns are supposed to stress you out, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 31-May-2012 79. Does OIF have to do everything?, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 22-May-2012 80. Can oscilloscopes really measure BER? Scope-Junction, 21-May-2012 81. How open is your eye? Scope-Junction, 7-May-2012 82. Peace at the plugfest, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 24-Apr-2012 83. How to tell if crosstalk will cause errors, Scope-Junction, 19-Apr-2012 84. Analyzing crosstalk on a real-time oscilloscope - exercising your genius, Scope-Junction, 5-Apr-2012 85. Receiver Tolerance Testing – with crosstalk!, Scope-Junction, 2-Apr-2012 86. Real or equivalent: What time do you need?, Scope-Junction, 15-Mar-2012 87. Deterministic Jitter for High Speed Serial Receiver Tolerance Testing, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 8-Mar-2012 88. Do my measurements have meaning?, Scope-Junction, 5-Mar-2012 89. Are You an A-Engineer or a Z-Engineer?, Scope-Junction, 20-Feb-2012 90. Top ten reasons to love (and hate) 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 16-Feb-2012 91. Is a crosstalk bubble forming? Scope-Junction, 13-Feb-2012 92. Serial standards keep test engineers on edge, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 9-Feb-2012 93. Equalization succombs to crosstalk at DesignCon 2012, Scope Junction, 26-Jan-2012 94. It’s not jitter, it’s noise, Scope Junction, 26-Jan-2012 95. Serial standards keep test engineers on edge, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 9-Feb-2012 White Papers, Application Notes, Technical Briefs, etc. 96. Measuring Channel Operating Margin, a White Paper for Anritsu, 2017 97. Advanced Serdes Debug with a BERT: Virtual Probing with Precision Stress and Error Location Analysis, Application Note for Tektronix, 2017 98. PAM4 Demands Accurate S-parameters, a White Paper for Anritsu, 2016 99. Understanding the Transition to Gen4 Enterprise & Datacenter I/O Standards, White Paper for Tektronix, 2017 100. PAM4 Signaling in High Speed Serial Technology: Test, Analysis, and Debug, an Application Note for Tektronix, 2016 101. Overcoming Receiver Test Challenges in Gen4 I/O Applications, Application Note for Tektronix, 2017 102. PAM4 Signaling in High Speed Serial Technology: Test, Analysis, and Debug, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2015 103. Physical Layer Test of 100 Gb/s Communications Systems, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2012 and revised version 2015 104. Jitter analysis on Oscilloscopes and BERTs, White paper published and distributed by Anritsu Corp., 2014 105. Crosstalk problems are back, feature article for Test & Measurement World, July, 2012 106. Crossing the Digital-Analog Divide, a white paper for Agilent Technologies, 2012 107. Critical 100 Gigabit Ethernet Testing: Equalization, DP-QPSK, and Crosstalk Compliance, distributed by Picosecond Pulse Labs, 2012 108. Introduction to Precision Analysis of High Speed Serial Systems and Components, distributed by Picosecond Pulse Labs, 2011 109. (DesignCon Award for Best Paper Signal Integrity Track) A New Technique for Stressed Receiver Tolerance Testing Using Crest Factor Emulation, with co-author John Calvin, DesignCon 2010 110. Signal Integrity at Extreme Data Rates, distributed by Anritsu Corp, 2010 111. Analysis of Random Noise and the Effect of Band-Limited Noise on Stressed-Eye Receiver Tolerance Tests, with co-author Marcus Mueller, DesignCon 2009 112. Answering Next Gen Serial Challenges, Part 3: Acting on an Impulse, Equalization and Emphasis, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2008 113. Characterization of Gaussian Noise Sources, with co-author Bob Muro, DesignCon 2008 114. The Future of Multi-Clock Systems, with co-authors Roman Boroditsky and Jorge Gomez, DesignCon 2008 115. Answering Next Gen Serial Challenges, Part 2: The Case of the Closing Eye, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2008 116. Answering Next Gen Serial Challenges, Part 1: How Stressing a Receiver Removes Stress from a Designer, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2007 117. Chapter 2, Pp29-60, of Digital Communications Test and Measurement: High-Speed Physical Layer Characterization, with Marcus Mueller, edited by Dennis Derickson and Marcus Mueller, (Prentice Hall, Boston, 2007) 118. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 6: Reference Clock Jitter and Data Jitter, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2007 119. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 5: Clock Recovery in Serial-Data Systems, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2007 120. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 4: Jitter Analysis in Systems with Crosstalk, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2006 121. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 3: All About the Acronyms: RJ, DJ, DDJ, ISI, DCD, PJ, SJ, ...,  published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2006 122. Using Clock Jitter Analysis to Reduce BER in Serial Data Applications, published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2006 123. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 2: What the Dual-Dirac Model Is and What it Is Not, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2006 124. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 1: The Meaning of Total Jitter, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp, 2006 125. Anticipating, Characterizing, and Avoiding Problems with Crosstalk, Al Neves (co-author), DesignCon 2006 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2006 126. Opening Closed Eyes: Analysis and Equalization of High Data Rate Signals on Buses and Backplanes, DesignCon2006 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2006 127. Equalization: The Correction and Analysis of Degraded Signals, a white paper published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2005 128. Jitterfest: Why Different Jitter Analyzers Give Different Results and Which is Right, published in the online trade magazine, AnalogZone, 2005 129. Comparison of Different Jitter Analysis Techniques with a Precision Jitter Transmitter, a white paper published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2005 130. Measurement of Total Jitter at Low Probability Levels Using the Optimized BERT Scan Method, with Marcus Mueller and Russ McHugh, DesignCon2005 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2005 131. Precision Jitter Transmitter, with Jim Stimple, DesignCon2005 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2005 132. Jitter Analysis: The dual-Dirac model, RJ/DJ, and Q-scale, a white paper published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2004 133. The Rules of Jitter Analysis, published in AnalogZone, 2004 134. Analyzing Jitter at High Data Rates, published in IEEE Optical Communications, February 2004 Popular Science 135. Who cares that we no longer have privacy?  EDN’s Measure of Things, 26-September-2017 136. Self-driving cars will save money and lives as they destroy jobs, EDN’s Measure of Things, 22-August- 2017 137. Is one person’s reality like anyone else’s reality? Inner Self: personal Development, 10-December-2016 138. 5 keys to unlocking your innate creativity, SmartBrief, 4-November-2016 139. The Speed of Thought,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 13-October-2016 140. Improve your answer resolution and unleash innovation, EDN’s Measure of Things, 8-August-2016 141. Happy anniversary, EDN: you’re old,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 11-July-2016 142. Reduce your prejudice to innovation , EDN’s Measure of Things, 2-May-2016 143. You can't think out of a box built of TLAs , EDN’s Measure of Things, 1-April-2016 144. A bluffer’s guide to evaluating scientific results, Part 3: Why Some Results are Irreproducible, EDN’s Measure of Things, 16-March-2016 145. A bluffer’s guide to evaluating scientific results, Part 2: Rules of thumb,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 18-February-2016 146. A bluffer’s guide to evaluating scientific results, Part 1: Systematic Bias, EDN’s Measure of Things, 12-February-2016 147. Do Grandmas make the best engineers,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 10-February-2016 148. Top ten cynical tech realizations of 2015, EDN’s Measure of Things, 31-December-2015 149. Mismeasure of economics, EDN’s Measure of Things, 23-Nov-2015 150. Measuring dark matter: The ultimate signal-to-noise problem, EDN’s Measure of Things, 8-June-2015 151. Scientific dogmatism: wild red herring or trained attack dog? EDN’s Measure of Things, 2-June-2015 152. The data that threatened to break physics, Nautilus, Issue 024, 7-May-2015 153. Focus: Oil-water droplets form surprising structures, Physics 8, 42, American Physical Society, 6-May-2015 154. Is dark matter about to be discovered? EDN’s Measure of Things, 25-April-2015 155. Measure of neutrinos, nature’s most elusive particles, EDN’s Measure of Things, 27-Feb-2015 156. Moore’s Law extends to cover human progress, EDN’s Measure of Things, 27-Jan-2015 157. The Reality Interface, Vitriol, Volume 1, November, 2014 158. Simulated Education: STEM must change, 24-Oct-2014 159. Does Literature Make You Empathic?, KQED.org Arts, 9-Oct-2014 160. 10 things I saw at IDF2014, 15-Sep-2014 161. Measuring money--the beer standard, 5-Aug-2014 162. Don’t major in CS: 5 reasons why, 27-June-2014 163. The quirks of quarks, 28-Apr-2014Measure of Emergence, 9-Apr-2014 Sports should adopt real technology, 13-Dec-2013 164. Sports should adopt real technology, EDN’s Measure of Things, 13-Dec-2013 165. Higgs Pt. 9: What makes King Carl XVI Gustaf think it’s the Higgs Boson? EDN’s Measure of Things, 4-Nov-2013 166. 1 Beer, 2 Beer, 10 Beer Tech, DesignCon Community, 24-Sep-2013 167. The measure of free will and red herrings, EDN’s Measure of Things, 10-Sep-2013 168. Designing starships, DesignCon Community, 10-Sep-2013 169. The science and technology of Sensory Deception, EDN’s Measure of Things, 6-Aug-2013 170. Quantum wave functions come alive! May the Bohr model rest in peace, EDN’s Measure of Things 26-July-2013 171. Decoding the brain using fMRI and YouTube, EDN’s Measure of Things, 2-July-2013 172. Global warming/climate change: an easy calculation, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 22-May-2013 173. Measuring the transition to disaster, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 17-May-2013 174. Resolving to map the brain: resolution, resolution, resolution, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 16-Apr-2013 175. Measure of chaos: when uncertainty runs amok, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 9-Apr- 2013 176. Measuring gravitational radiation, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 4-Mar-2013 177. In search of gravity waves, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 19-Feb-2013 178. Getting lucky at trade shows, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 22-Jan-2013 179. Noise in the time dimension: the strange case of flicker, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 17-Jan-2013 180. Measuring and generating creativity, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 18-Dec-2012 181. Measure of holiday calories - the thermodynamic diet, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 20-Nov-2012 182. Resolving problems in the infrared, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 26-Oct-2012 183. Measure of the mind: connectome, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 10-Oct-2012 184. Measure of politics: Polls, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 4-Oct-2012 185. Pt 8: Is the particle observed at CERN really the HIggs Boson?, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 25-Sep-2012 186. Pt 7: What a Higgs Boson looks like, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 21-Sep-2012 187. Pt 6: ATLAS and CMS - catching muons and neutrinos, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 28-Aug-2012 188. Pt 5, ATLAS and CMS - the biggest test devices on earth, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 21-Aug-2012 189. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 4, Identifying the stuff in the detectors, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 9-Aug-2012 190. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 3, What they actually measure, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 1-Aug-2012 191. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 2, What they detect, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 25-July-2012 192. Measure of the Olympics, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 30-July-2012 193. Measuring and generating creativity, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 18-Dec-2012 194. Innovating an innovative design career, DesignCon Community, 7-Dec-2012 195. Can electronic health records save your world?, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 6-Dec-2012 196. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 1, Herding cats on the Franco-Swiss border, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 17-July-2012 197. "Faster than light? Has relativity been violated?" Hubpages.com, 2011 198. "How Einstein discovered relativity," Hubpages.com, 2011 199. "Intuition (Pt 4): Is intuition a paranormal, psychic event?" Hubpages.com, 2011 200. "Intuition (Pt 3): Who wins, your guts or your brains?" Hubpages.com, 2011 201. "Intuition (Pt 2): Where intuition comes from," Hubpages.com, 2011 202. "Intuition (Pt 1): Intuition vs thought," Hubpages.com, 2011 203. "Why is it so annoying when (other) people talk on cell phones," Examiner.com, June 10, 2011 204. "Ten health risks to address before tossing out your cell phone," Examiner.com, June 7, 2011 205. "Earth Day at the dawn of life," Examiner.com, April 22, 2011 206. "The unrecognized genius of Emmy Noether," Examiner.com, March 22, 2011 207. "Cell phone radiation activates your brain, but does it cause cancer?" Examiner.com, March 6, 2011 208. "Humans vs machine on Jeopardy! what's the question?" Examiner.com, February 12, 2011 209. "How much safer is it to fly than drive? Really..." Examiner.com, January 22, 2011 210. "Winter Solstice 2010: light on the year's longest night," Examiner.com, December 20, 2010 211. "What full body scanner radiation means to you," Examiner.com, November 20, 2010 212. "Microsoft's Kinect: Disruptive technology changes the game," Examiner.com, November 10, 2010 213. "Getting lucky," Examiner.com, September 23, 2010 214. "Metaphysics, meta-momentum and meta everything else," Examiner.com, August 27, 2010 215. "The radiation you should worry about and the radiation you can fugetabout," Examiner.com, July 29, 2010 216. "Goat rock beach: magic where the river meets the sea," Examiner.com, July 9, 2010 217. "Cell phone radiation and SAR," Examiner.com, June 27, 2010 218. "The scientific method, steps of faith not leaps," Examiner.com, June 8, 2010 219. "Fermilab contributes another piece to the matter-antimatter puzzle," Examiner.com, June 3, 2010 220. "Science vs religion (pt 2) the creation of science," Examiner.com, May 28, 2010 221. "Science vs religion and the nature of truth," Examiner.com, May 26, 2010 222. "Inarguable facts in the global warming/climate change debate," Examiner.com, May 18, 2010 223. "Celebrate International Nurses Day by thanking the angel nearest you," Examiner.com, May 12, 2010 224. "The true value of oil and the insanity of burning it," Examiner.com, May 5, 2010 225. "Earth Day at the dawn of creation," Examiner.com April 22, 2010 226. "A science-based litmus test for the Supreme Court," Examiner.com, April 16, 2010 227. "Can quantum physics explain the bleep?" Examiner.com, April 10, 2010 228. “Proton Collisions at the Large Hadron Collider - What’s in it for You?,” openDemocracy, March 2010 Books 229. The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs: a look at the neuroscience of innovation & creativity in art, science, & life, by Ransom Stephens (Viva Editions, Jersey City, 2016) 230. The Sensory Deception, by Ransom Stephens (47North, Seattle, 2013) 231. Your Pursuit of Greatness - a workbook, by Ransom Stephens, Ransoms’ Notes, Petaluma, 2011 232. The God Patent, By Ransom Stephens (Vox Novus, Numina Press, San Rafael, 2009 and re-released by 47North, Seattle, 2013 Click here to see the list of Ransom’s 202 Particle Physics research papers  
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