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Upon his retirement from Microsoft in 1998, Gene Apperson and his family relocated to Pullman, Washington. After a few years, Gene decided to go back to school as an undergraduate in mechanical engineering. A professor, Bob Richards, soon asked Gene to switch to the Master’s program, even though most of his background was in electrical engineering. He ended up taking a VLSI design class from none other than Clint Cole. While Gene ended up asking Clint whether he would be able to do well in the class, they got to talking and decided to start a company together.
When Norm MacDonald started working full-time for Digilent back in 2005 – 2006, most of our products were sold in very basic packaging (think anti-static bags and plain white boxes). Totally understandable for a starting company. A few boards were given a bit of branding, though. The Basys and Nexys, of course. These were the simple boxes those came in at the time. (They may have been done by Clint or Jim or some combination of the two.)
Today’s throwback brings us a few pictures from the first time we at Digilent presented ourselves as a company in a trade show setting, around 2007. This conference was very small — it was located in the main floor entry of the ETRL building on the WSU campus. Clint (Cole), our former president, was giving a presentation as well.
Welcome back to Digilent’s Show and Tell series! In this third episode, Larissa discusses our carrier modules, or Cmods. Cmods were originally created in order to give breadboard access to components that were not traditionally breadboard-able. One of the advantages to breadboarding while learning electronics is that students get a more tactile experience of connecting components together to make a functional circuit.
The Digilent brand has become pretty pervasive in both the classroom and the industry over the past decade, but the sophistication of our product line belies the small size of our company. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that each of the nearly 14 thousand orders we ship each year are hand-packaged by one of the only three people that make up our shipping department.
As Digilent has been expanding its MakerSpace, we felt that the area that the Marketing team was working in was not terribly conducive towards promoting and growing the MakerSpace. In reality, cubicles don’t tend to be conducive towards anything classy, but that’s beside the point. The point today is that the new Marketing area has become classy in a “MakerSpace” fashion and that we’re super excited about it.
A decent portion of the Digilent blog content is produced by marketing interns and maintained by our blog editor and web staff . As awesome as our projects are and as important as the Learn site is, an equally as important part of the Digilent family is the engineering interns. The engineering interns primarily work on support for you, our customers. They write documentation, libraries, and FPGA cores.