Co-Founder & CEO

Octavo Systems LLC

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Analog & Power

The Return to Analog - Blog

August 27, 2018

It seems we are conducting ourselves similar to that of a junior high dance where the signal processing people are on one side of the gym and the IC architects are on the other side of the gym.


Beyond IoT - Blog

August 17, 2018

Can you guess how much performance gain could be realized by using analog signal processing? How much lower power dissipation? Just how crazy do you think I am?

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Smart sensors, from smoke to RF - Product

August 13, 2018

When discussing wireless communications, I often ask people what the first wireless communications system was. I seldom get the answer I am looking for, as most do not understand my question.


Warming up to body heat - Blog

August 13, 2018

My last request of them was to get their input on how we could create devices that ran on ?body heat?. I believe they were catching my vision while privately labeling me as crazy.

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Smart sensors: The reality of Sci-Fi - Blog

July 27, 2018

It surprised me when I realized that as much as I was trying to convince people that power dissipation was important, I was being ignored.

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What are the components of a smart sensor? - Blog

July 24, 2018

The ultimate goal of a smart sensor is that it be completely autonomous. That means it sources its own energy, performs all of its functions and communicates with the outside world wirelessly.


An early smart sensor concept: Smart Dust - Blog

July 13, 2018

We were intrigued with the concept, but the concept of smart dust begged several questions about the idea of a smart sensor.

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The Ps and Qs of smart sensors - Blog

July 06, 2018

How do smart sensors fit into the IoT ecosystem?


Clouding the issue of the IoT - Blog

June 29, 2018

When thinking about the IoT systems, I conclude that each of the three systems ? the cloud, the aggregator, or the sensor ? will have a different class of components.


"Infinite" in the context of IoT - Blog

June 21, 2018

I began to tell people that we were advertising "infinite performance, infinite bandwidth, and total security, all of which were over-stated.?


Bandwidth, performance, and security: What we expect of the cloud - Blog

June 15, 2018

The cloud seems to provide us with infinite communications bandwidth, infinite performance, and total security. All these assumptions are lies.


The Aha! moments of my cloud understanding - Blog

June 08, 2018

The term "cloud" seemed to trivialize all the technology I had spent my career working on and the sophistication of the system I had come to deeply appreciate.


The cloud ? or, rather, the clouds - Blog

June 01, 2018

Should the term ?cloud? should be singular or plural? It would seem that geography, language, and culture would separate the clouds.


How does an aggregator talk to the rest of the IoT? - Story

May 25, 2018

The continuing shrinking in size of the aggregator will happen as we learn to improve on power efficiency and wireless communications.


What does an aggregator look like? - Story

May 18, 2018

The simplest description of an aggregator is that it is a self-contained computer system.


What is an aggregator? - Story

May 11, 2018

At first glance, the aggregator appears to be the unnecessary component in the IoT.


How many systems are there in the IoT - Story

May 04, 2018

the IoT is made up of three systems: the cloud, the aggregator, and the smart sensor. But then, there might be a case where the aggregator looks more like a smart sensor than an aggregator.


The systems that make up IoT - Story

April 27, 2018

As I see it, the Internet of Things is a system of systems. Each of its three components (the cloud, the aggregator, and the smart sensor) are, in their own rights, systems.


The IoT, defined - Story

April 20, 2018

It was several months after I had heard the phrase ?cloud computing? and, in fact, it was the concept of the Internet of Things which cleared up my working definition of cloud computing.

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