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Who is Ronald Snoeck

 

 

 

 

 

 

      



Who is Ronald Snoeck?

This page describes the professional and hobby of my life. My professional job has always been my hobby.

Click dutch if you want to read my full résumé in Dutch. Or english for english.

School

  • MAVO (1977/1978)
  • LTS (1978/1981)
  • Radioamateur certificate D/C 1983
  • MTS Electronics certificate 1984 (no practice)
  • HTS (1984/1990)
  • HTS Practice 1 (17-08-1987/21-01-1988)
  • HTS Practice 2 (01-02-1988/23-07-1988)
  • MTS Electronics graduation 1989
  • HTS graduation 1990
History
During my school days I was interested in video and RF transmitters. To be able to repair TV’s at night I started to work on a TV test picture generator. I build the first one in 1981.

The boss of the local bike store was a member of a race car club. He asked me to build a
score board control in 1983.

After that I worked on a classical Vidicon black and white
video camera . I found the deflection coal on a Veron Fair. The biggest problems were the power supply transformer, which I had to wind myself. The video amplifier was the next problem (1983).

In that same year, 1983 you could find me on Saturday night in the village Zeeland in a pub called Bachus. The owner of the bar asked me if I was able to build a
remote control for the door at the top of his staircase. The door should only open when he approaches the door when he has his hands full with glasses.

In 1984 I was still active repairing TV’s and VCR’s. I even followed a course. A friend of mine owned the shop that sold and repaired TV’s and VCR’s. I worked there in my spare time. The shop needed a
sunscreen control so there lay another challenge.

In 1985 I build the second
TV pattern generator . This generator was based on the TEA1002. More info about the Pattern generator 2 can be found here

During 1987 that time I spend a lot of time at the nightclub "Rendez vous". Because there were sometimes incidence at the front door they asked me to make a
remote control that made it possible for them to select a camera and start a VCR to record the incidents.

Later in the year 1987 someone asked me to design a high
power control for the lightning at large exhibitions. Each channel was able to switch 2000Watt light synchrone with the mains.

At a certain time I go interested in software.

During my first high school stagiaire period I had to build a
Local Area Network Interface using a COM9026 Chip (1988).

My second project I had to build a servo controller interface. The
servo control was built in a 19" rack with the HCTL1000 (1987). I am not allowed to give information about this project, sorry.

During this time Filmnet was hot. My idea was to build a decoder in my spare time that was able to decode all possible sequences. The result was a perfect design. RF in demodulate decode and RF out. It was a good working design. I should have made money with it. My graduation project was building a time base corrector that corrects the VCR phase jumps. I think at then my future was determined. The corrector had to work with 4 line memories that saved the composite video signal (CVBS) as is. Normally the video is stored as separate components YUV.

After graduation I started to work for the
Philips Consumer Electronics TV-Lab Eindhoven.

In my spare time I worked on a memory emulator so I was able to work on embedded software.

The lab where I worked was responsible for development of Low and High-end TV chassis (Anubis B 1991). The end result is ready for production in Brugge (Belgium), Monza (Italy), Dreux (France) or Singapore.

My first task was to develop an interface board for a
low-end TV chassis. The interface had to interface all in and outputs of the TV. (SCART and front SVHS and cinch input).

After the product was released the next interface job was an opportunity. This time, a
high-end TV (GFL 1992). Two full SCART connectors and one golden SCART, satellite input and a front CVBS and SVHS input. The design was based on a complete new set of components. Being responsible for the component specification release and the PCB design was quite an experience. The end result was a first time right product ready for production. Results: less then 50dB cross talk between all in/outputs.

The secret of the high performance was the idea behind the good PCB design: EMC and good design of ground structure. During the time I developed circuits testing was an important part. That’s why I worked for some time on test equipment

The next challenge was to work for the test room. Calibrating the present equipment and designing new equipment.

During that time I was asked to develop an impulsive noise simulator.

Impulsive noise causes synchronisation problems for analog TV transmissions.

For DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast Terestrial) impulsive noise is also a problem.

During that time I had to make a report on VCR errors from a TV point of view. Again I was in contact with the VCR time base errors.

After a few years building up my TV system experience (1993/1994), software still interested me. I was asked to develop the hard and software of the processor part of a
SVGA monitor (1995/1996). The software should control the hardware of the set and the OSD (On Screen Display) for the menu.

During the year 1995 I finished the developed my
64k ROM emulator .

After a reorganization the Consumer TV-lab was closed and most people continued working at the Sound & Vision
ASA Lab (Advanced System Application Lab)

In 1996 I was a part of a team that
embedded a telephone in the TV . I was responsible for the line interface software connected to the PTT network.

Singapore was developing a
Low-End TV L7 chassis. They needed help for the SCART hardware. Since I have experience I was asked to complete the design for production (1997).

For Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), Philips developed the
DAB752 reference receiver . For this project I was responsible for the hardware release (1998). For this project I had to develop software test functions, later used in the Build in Self-test. I had also developed a PC scripting tool for testing the complete set.

It was during DAB project that I started the Internet site. The site was initially started to help people with the STU909 D2MAC decoder. I started with a disassembled 16C84 from Michel Stegen. The Michel’s software did not work in the STU909.

The site started at World Access (1998). The traffic became a big problem. Later that year I had to move to Geocities .

In October 1998 I was proud to be asked to join the non-commercial group Thoic. They were the biggest hackers group ever. Then the name "Macbase" was born. Where Mac comes from D2'MAC'.

The next project was a real challenge. I had to
automate an EMC measurement set up (1999). The set up is able to measure the tuner local oscillator frequency levels fully automatic with controlling the TV and all measurement equipment. The software is still used very extensively.

To improve my software development skills I did a
course on Real Time Systems software development.

I could immediately use the new knowledge in the
DVDR1000 project (2000). With a team we were responsible for the DV part of the DVD recorder.

For the DV team I developed a Win32 program that was used as debug and Win32 program test tool . From that moment on Windows won my interest.

The next project (2000/2001) was again the development of a
Win32 program stub . It was a stub to help the integration of a box in a Singapore TV chassis.

In my spare time I worked on a Win 32 PC Multiplayer. In the year 2001 Thoic died. The real story about the dead of Thoic I do not know.

I moved my entire Internet site to the
Gable Gang . The cable gang is a non-commercial group. The server is positioned in Amsterdam. .

The success of the stub programming resulted in the next project. The next project was a
Win32 simulator of an MPEG audio processor (2001) control, before the hardware was developed.

Again it was time to develop myself. I followed a
software management course of 13 weeks (2001/2002).

From 2001 onwards, I have been a Non Standard video, Consultant

I have worked on the VCR Simulator. 2002/2004. In a 2 person team we were developing a simulator that is able to generate dynamic errors. The simulator can be used stand alone, but can also be controlled by a Windows program.
This is the
board. The name "VCR Simulator" is maby not correct anymore. Because the generator is able to do a lot more than only generating VCR Errors.

The generator is able to generate:
  1. Macro Vision
  2. WSS 525 and WSS 625 (Wide Screen Signaling)
  3. Closed Caption (1x)
  4. Closed Caption (2x) Used for Gemstar USA.
  5. Teletext.
  6. Packet 8/30 Format 1 (Time Date).
  7. Packet 8/30 Format 2 (PDC).
This was my workspot.


From 2004 until 2006 I have been working for the Flexible displays project. Writing software for a the high secure Smart-MX smart card processor.

Not only my software skill was important, but also my microscopic skill. I had to solder copper wires of 100µm. The card is able to communicate in Contact, contactless and Mifare mode.


During the developement of the VCR Simulator (2002/2004), latest part -Teletext- I needed a teletext logger tool. I developed this tool at home (2005/2006). When I presented the VCR Simulator, I also presented the testing tool VBI decoder in Singapore. They were interested in the tool. See the VBI page for more details.

On 31 of july 2006, I decided to leave the Cable Gang server and to stop using "macbase.cg.nu". My new host is webreus.

At 15 october 2006 I started to use my domain www.ronaldsnoeck.com.


Februari 15th 2007 Philips start a strategic partnership with LogicaCMG (35 men).
After a while it became clear that this was just a dirty reorganization initiated by Philips.

LogicaCMG is a ICT consultant provider. For me this is a big change. Until june 2007 I have done 2 projects. One for the Dutch Railway (NS).
And I have developed embedded software for the Owasys. The Owasys is a hardware terminal for development of wireless automotive applications.
Owasys 22A Spec:
  1. GPRS
  2. ARM 7, Linux OS
  3. GPS
March 2009, I started to work for Videology Europe. This company is developing and producing custum made video camera's.
My responsibility is designing a product from scratch. This is exactly my thing. After determining the specification, making a schematic design and the PCB, write the necessary embedded software and PC test software. Finally writing the "hardware" code in VHDL for the FPGA.

The first product was a USB-I2C Interface with the Cypress cy7c68013a.

The prototype of the next product uses the Spartan 3E. The "hardware" code is written in VHDL.
This is a test set-up of the autofocus camera. The biggest challenge was finding a good autofocus lens.

I still am "playing" with VHDL on my Spartan 3E kit.

My next chalange was developing a PC application at EPCOS TDK for the costommer. We were working on a "tuner" chip. This tuner chip is matching the smartphone antenna impedance. This product became a big competitor for the big Qualcomm. So Qualcomm just bought EPCOS TDK tuners.
In parallel I worked on a USB-RFFE-MIPI Interface interface.

The Android embedded software experience acquired by Qualcomm, I now use on the Dragonboard-410c with the Snapdragon 410 module.

For quite some time I expand my Linux knowledge by "playing" with the Raspberry-Pi and the many GPIO's. I use languages as python, C and C++ to control the GSM, Z-wave, GPS, accelerometer and Compas.
With the LOGI-Pi add-on the Xilinx Spartan-6, I improve my Verilog and VHDL skills.


 

 

 

 

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