Professional & Technical Consultants Association
PATCA is Silicon Valley’s longest operating non-profit professional association dedicated to serving independent consultants and the client companies that use them. We set the quality standard for the consulting industry by requiring that all members pass a rigorous qualification process and adhere to a strict code of ethics. PATCA offers a free Post-a-Project referral service giving clients direct access to a network of the highest caliber management and technical consultants. We represent many areas of expertise in a broad array of disciplines, from biotech to marketing, human resources to engineering, software, firmware, and hardware design to cloud computing. Serving the San Francisco California Bay Area and beyond.
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Keith Riordan is currently PATCA’s Secretary and Vice President of Engineering at Sector Technology, a product development firm.
Sector Technology’s major focus is on developing medical devices for startup companies. Most lately have included wireless capability, usually Bluetooth but also Wi-Fi and RFID. Challenges arise when multiple wireless devices must function on the same board without interference. This forces designs with unconventional layouts, bending many rules of good PCB design. Powering off one wireless module when another is operating is helpful. Tuning techniques need to be developed that allow antennae to coexist with other large conductive components like speakers, batteries, etc.
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