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