Clive (Max) Maxfield

Editor in Chief,
Clive "Max" Maxfield is the Editor in Chief at and Max received his BSc in Control Engineering in 1980 from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. He began his career as a designer of central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers. Over the years, Max has designed everything from silicon chips to circuit boards, and from brainwave amplifiers to steampunk "Display-O-Meters." He has also been at the forefront of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for more than 30 years. Well-known throughout the embedded, electronics, semiconductor, and EDA industries, Max has presented papers at numerous technical conferences around the world, including North and South America, Europe, India, China, Korea, and Taiwan. Max has given keynote presentations at the PCB West conference in the USA, the FPGA Forum in Norway, and the Embedded Everywhere conference in Denmark. He’s also been invited to give guest lectures at several universities in the USA, Oslo University in Norway, and Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. In 2001, Max “shared the stage” at a conference in Hawaii with former Speaker of the House, "Newt" Gingrich. Max is the author and/or co-author of a number of books, including Designus Maximus Unleashed (banned in Alabama), Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), EDA: Where Electronics Begins, FPGAs: Instant Access, and How Computers Do Math.

Max The Magnificent

's contributions
    • "@Antedeluvian: \"... and pointedly explain to me why I am doing it wrong when I try!\"\n\nIf a man says something in the middle of a forest and there's no woman nearby to hear him... is he still wrong?"

    • "@Elizabeth: \"...For instance there is a box of analog meters of sizes and types that needs to be looked at...\"\n\nArrrgggh - -you know that analog meters are my downfall, as you can see from my blog about a visit to a Hamfest: http:\/\/\/author.asp?doc_id=1323794"

    • "@Elizabeth: \"...Did you know that the hole spacing on the racks is NOT uniform?...\"\n\nI did not know that -- now I need to go into the server room in our building and take a look (and a tape measure)"

    • "@Andtay: \"...but on the more sinister, darker side, of things...\"\n\nI totally agree -- this technology is a double-edged sword -- but then, isn't almost every technology? The world would be wonderful if it were filled with reasonable people (like we English, for example LOL)"

    • "@David: \"I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that...\"\n\nAs haunting now as it was back then -- that film has well stood the test of time -- in fact it's doing better for its age than I am LOL\n"

    • "@Elizabeth: \"...All passwords are stored on MY devices and I only have to remember a couple...\"\n\nWhat are they? :-)"

    • "@Antedeluvian: \"...One had learned to mimic the sound of a telephone ringing and would happily sit on the balcony and \"chirp\" at the crack of dawn, causing me to sit bolt upright trying to think who could be calling at that hour of the morning...\"\n\nYou just reminded me that one of my early electronic projects as a kid was a simple circuit that sounded like a telephone ring. I put it under the telephone stand in the hall and had a couple of long wires under the rug -- shorting the wires caused the circuit to ring -- I can't recall how many times my mom went to answer the phone to find there was no one on the other end (sorry mom :-)"

    • "I must admit that I'm impressed by the name of the company -- According to the Wikipedia ( https:\/\/\/wiki\/Lyrebird ), a lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds that compose the genus Menura, and the family Menuridae. They are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment."

    • "Thanks for the great article Aubrey. So, will you be purchasing one of these little rascals? "

    • "Thanks for sharing this Patrick -- I'm still in shock -- Bernie was one of those characters you assume will be around for ever -- this is not a good day :-("