Conversations with Leaders: Douglas Mercer '77

Douglas Mercer '77

On February 28, 2017, Dean Shekar Garde held a conversation followed by Q&A with Douglas Mercer ’77, ADI Fellow, Developer of the Analog Devices AD558 (“Product of the Decade” award winner), AD 1671, and the TxDAC family of high speed digital to analog converters for the telecommunications industry.

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Douglas Mercer received the B.S.E.E degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1977. He has 40 years of experience in the linear IC industry, 32 in the design and development of high resolution and high speed data converter products. Since joining Analog Devices in 1977 he has contributed directly or indirectly to more than 30 commercial products with many industry firsts. The first single supply microprocessor compatible DAC. The first 12 bit monolithic ADC to achieve greater than 1 MSPS. He was the founding technical contributor to the development of the TxDAC® family of DACs designed specifically for communications transmit applications.

He holds 13 US patents. A member of the IEEE from 1979 to 2009, he has authored or co-authored peer reviewed and invited papers at multiple IEEE conferences (ISSCC, CICC, BCTM, and Low Power Symposium) and in the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits.

Appointed to the position of ADI Fellow in 1995. Retired from full time work in 2009, he is currently a Fellow Emeritus within Analog Devices principally contributing to the ADI University Program.