Mike Williams Biography

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Mike is the founder, President and Principal Consultant of ASA Corporation - an engineering consultation firm specializing in the development and application of technologies for high-precision waveform timing and measurement. He has provided technical consultation to computer systems, semiconductor, test-equipment and other organizations engaged in high-speed digital electronics/measurement throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

The system scales have ranged from Pentium-servers and workstations through main-frame and multiple-processor supercomputers, as well as precision parametric test equipment. Past work has included design and design verification of timing schemes, specification and trouble shooting of various timing-oriented design & measurement processes, and several product specification & market-targeting projects for manufacturers of clocking devices.

He has also been heavily involved in the development of various measurement technologies, including M1™ OT -- a tool to facilitate the ultra-precise cycle-cycle measurement and analysis of waveform stability, and has been integrating this into custom analysis systems. Throughout his career, Mike has published many papers and articles relating to high-speed clocks, timing, jitter measurement and the M1™ system.

Mike founded Amherst Systems Associates in 1985. He has served on the engineering faculties of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and National Technological University. He was a member of the cpu design team for Digital Equipment Corporation’s VAX8800, and in an earlier position with DEC, designed high-speed production test instrumentation. He has been involved in high-speed timing/synchronization work since 1979 through consultation, research projects, teaching and his work at DEC.

Mike Williams at a science fair presentation with his daughter Margaret

His research interests lie within the arena of timing-environment design for high-speed digital systems, including adaptive tolerance-management, metrology as it pertains to high-precision time-interval measurement, stochastic prediction of long-term waveform stability from measurement data and clock-distribution architectures for large computers. A former member of numerous societies of the IEEE and the ACM, he now belongs to the Antiquarian Horological Society and the Society of Explosives Engineers.