Bill DeVey

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Bill DeVey (June 18, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois − June 2, 2020) was an electrical engineer who was with Tektronix from 1963/1964 to 1987.

He was married to Helen Eike in Stavenger, La Salle County, Illinois. He obtained a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and later an MBA from the University of Portland.

Bill married Nancy Walter on September 6, 1975, in Clatsop, Oregon.

Bill was a circuit designer. In his early days, he worked in Building 81. In September 1969, Bill worked for Phil Crosby in “Conventional Instruments” on the third floor of Building 50. In December 1973, Bill worked in IDD Engineering in Building 86, which was the location of IDD (Information Display Di[vision) engineering before the Wilsonville campus was finished.

In May of 1978, Bill was in IDO (Information Display Operations?) in Building 60. In November 1979, Bill was working in IDD (Information Display Division) in Building 63.

Bill is not listed in the March 1986 Communications Directory.

He worked for other electronics companies in the area after leaving Tek, including Credence Corporation and Sequent Computer Systems (later bought by IBM).

Tektronix products

  • His first instrument was the 3A7 which he did under the tutelage of John Horn in April 1966.
  • Shortly afterward he designed the 1A5, a Differential Comparator for the 540 series Tektronix mainframes, introduced in January 1967.
  • Then he designed the 81A, an adaptor for 540 series plugins to work in 580 series mainframes.
  • He is most famous for another Differential Comparator, the popular 7A13 plugin introduced in August 1969 along with other 7000 series plugins and mainframes.
  • This was followed by his design of the 7B52 dual time base in August 1971 and the 7B92 with Les Larson introduced in 1972.
  • He designed the 155-0049-00 sweep control chip
  • He worked on the 7904 according to http://www.rdmag.com/award-winners/1971/01/model-7904-oscilloscope
  • Bill was the Project Engineer for 7623 and 7613 according to Three kinds of Storage, in Tekscope, July 1972 or @ radiomuseum.org

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