I'm Matthew and I like transistors

When able, I use a billion or more at a time all arranged nicely on a single piece of silicon. Sometimes they are programmable1 and sometimes they are application specific2. Most often I use them to convey messages via electromagnetic fields3. But, sometimes its fun just to make something blink4.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara in 1990.

Engineering Specialties

  • Digitial IC development (ASIC/FPGA)
  • Systems Architecture/Engineering
  • Network and radio systems

Other Interests


…the life which is unexamined is not worth living…
- Socrates

My 48 years provides plenty of material for examination. Years seemingly wasted and opportunity lost have resulted in deep regrets that I will carry until the end. But, I won’t dwell in the past, rather, I hope to gain wisdom and foresight from my mistakes and strive to do better.

With this blog, I intend to grow through stretching out of my comfort zone and finding a public voice. To contribute to the “great” conversation.

You can contact me, or comment on something I’ve said on:

Twitter: @MatthewWishek
Google+: +MatthewWishek
Github: mwishek
Email: mwishek at gmail.com

Matthew in an SNJ4


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  1. FPGA
  2. ASIC
  3. Digital Communications
  4. Arduino Blink, RapsberryPi, single-board computers