Opal Kelly Experts Program

Opal Kelly introduced the Opal Kelly Experts Program. The program features expert consultants to augment in-house expertise and bandwidth for completing FPGA and FrontPanel-based development. The consultants in the Opal Kelly Expert Program have been selected for their expertise in HDL, FPGA, and software design. The founding consultants of the Opal Kelly Expert Program are Kevin Smith, Klaus Zietlow, and Rainer Malzbender.

Opal Kelly FPGA Experts Program Consultants

  • Kevin Smith
    Kevin Smith is an experienced digital design engineer and system architect with 12 years of Xilinx experience and a track record of creative uses of hardware and software to solve problems. Most recently, he has been consulting on low-cost military radar projects and has an active DOD secret security clearance. He has also consulted on digital video, high-speed data capture cards using the PCI bus, and written interfaces for many standard devices: DDR memory controllers, flash, I2C, etc. Kevin also does VHDL and Verilog training and design consulting to enable the success of others.
  • Klaus Zietlow
    Klaus Zietlow is a one-stop shop for electronics design, analog, digital, and mixed signals. He has worked on everything from high-speed, high-precision analog to FPGA embedded multiprocessor designs to ultra low-power radios. Mr. Zietlow has a fully-equipped lab and knows how to use it: everything from a 7-digit voltage calibrator to a 4GHz DSO, curve tracer to real-time spectrum analyzer, reflow oven to thermal imaging camera, and an inspection microscope to time interval analyzer. Zietlow specializes in circuit design and debugging, system analysis and optimization, VHDL, Verilog, DSP, C, C++, and LabVIEW.
  • Rainer Malzbender
    Rainer Malzbender has been an engineering consultant since 1986, and gravitates toward work involving displays and image processing, covering the spectrum from small microdisplays to direct-view displays for portable applications, digital cinema and 3D. He develops complete systems that include FPGAs and associated PC software and algorithms. In the past five years he has made extensive forays into the world of x-ray physics for medicine, designing x-ray lenses, dosimetry software, and laboratory automation as part of a radiotherapy startup. His specialties include: VHDL, microprocessor firmware, displays, image processing, and Mathematica. He has a PhD in physics.

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