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Anton Montagne

Anton Montagne (Leiden, 1953) studied electronic engineering at the The Hague Institute for Applied Sciences and at Delft University of Technology where he received his master’s degree in 1984. In 1983 he joined Philips Semiconductors in Nijmegen where he designed analog integrated circuits for audio and video applications. At Philips he also set up training courses on analog electronics. In 1986 he cofounded the product development company Product Partners where he carried out many analog designs in the field of instrumentation. In 1989, together with Catena Microelectronics, Delft University of Technology and the Institute of Microelectronics in Stuttgart, he cooperated in the development of an intensive training course, covering many issues of analog information processing. Since 1997 he works as independent consultant, trainer and designer in the field of analog electronics. During the past 30 years he carried out many training courses on analog electronics in Europe.

Anton Montagne is the inventor of several patents in the fields of IC technology, MEMS technology, sensor technology and high-stability X-tal oscillators.


The design approach for analog electronic signal processing which was suggested around 1987 by Dr. Ernst H. Nordholt. At that time we both cooperated in the education of circuit designers around Europe. Ernst suggested that any analog electronic signal processing system could be designed using a limited number of basic information processing and reference functions. Due to the fundamental physical limitations to information processing, and due to technological limitations, the performance of these basic functions would deviate from that of their idealized function concepts. These manifestation of signal processing errors, however, could be reduced through application of a limited number of so-called error reduction techniques. Limitation of both the number of basic functions and the number of techniques that can be exploited for improvement of their performance, helps solving day to day design problems in a structured way and eases the education in circuit design. Moreover, it can be a basis for a partial automation of the complex design process. In the following years we started to develop design courses based on this approach. In our day to day design work, we applied and improved this design strategy. I am very grateful to have cooperated with Ernst and to be inspired by him.

Despite my interest in signal processing, during my education in analog electronics I was primarily focussed on all kinds of aspects on circuit design, I am therefore very grateful to have cooperated with Dr. Huib Dane. His ability to explain complex topics from statistical signal processing, helped me with my professional development and inspired me during the development of training courses for design education of professionals.

I am also very grateful to cooperate with The High-Tech Institute and with Hans Vink. Since 2010 they organize the training courses, while I can spend my time on teaching, serving my customers and on the writing of the course material.