Design Implementation for the Long Term

It has become economic suicide to design hardware components for a single project. Computers on every scale have become ubiquitous, from rack-sized servers to programmable device controllers and logic arrays that cost fractions of a dollar. At the same time, the costs of designing and producing circuit cards have escalated to the point where correcting a shortcoming of the hardware layout or design is a financial and schedule catastrophe. In point, an extra etch on a circuit card is zero cost; correcting an omitted etch can cost in excess of $ 100,000 and months of schedule slippage.

Conversely, the foresight of provisioning those connections and etches not strictly necessary for the task at hand can pay handsomely large dividends when design requirements change, underlying technologies change, or new sales opportunities arise.

We will examine how good design practices reduce project risk and increase the utility of the resulting design.


Our speaker will be Robert Gezelter, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an alumnus of the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitor Program. During his service with the Distinguished Visitor Program, Mr. Gezelter presented numerous times under IEEE Computer Society auspices throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Gezelter has been in private practice for over 30 years. His clients have included business enterprises ranging from the Fortune 10 to small business. His practice has ranged the gamut, from defense and real-time systems to commercial timesharing. He is the author of several book chapters dealing with computer architecture and security and has spoken at many professional conferences, both in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Gezelter may be contacted via his firm at

Sponsors: Long Island Chapter, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
Venue: BAE Systems
450 Pulaski Road
Greenlawn, New York
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Advance Registration Required. Registrants must be US citizens. Event Registration at:
Session Notes: (Available after the presentation)
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