E Keith Howick Jr

E Keith Howick Jr

President of WindRiver Publishing

Spokane, Washington Area

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E Keith Howick Jr's Overview

  • Technical Marketing Manager at Silicon Metrics
  • Library Development at Galax!
  • CAD/EDA Support at Dallas Semiconductor

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E Keith Howick Jr's Summary

I have lived my life in three worlds: microelectronic design, electronic design automation, and book publishing. The path from the first to the last makes more sense when discussed in detail, but that's a story for another day. Today I'm publishing books, and enjoying the experience immensely. My goal is to build WindRiver publishing into a strong mid-sized publisher (100-200 books published each year).

I'm also about to become a published author. Due out this summer is "Blow Us Away! Publishers' Secrets for Successful Manuscripts." I've spent years helping authors understand what worked, and what didn't, about their manuscript submissions. This is a compilation of my best advice.


Microelectronic design: BiCMOS digital design with a focus on bus transfer technology. EDA: digital cell characterization. Publishing: author training and product development.

My language and writing skills have been inavluable in all three of these industries. My experience has included ad copy, marketing collateral, training materials, user documentation, and editorial experience in fiction and general non-fiction.

E Keith Howick Jr's Experience

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Publishing industry

January 2003Present (11 years 9 months)

WindRiver Publishing is a family-owned corporation dedicated to providing quality works of fiction, education, and inspiration to national and regional markets.

As president of the company I oversee all facets of operation and directly manage product marketing, promotion, and production; and IT development and management.

Technical Marketing Manager

Silicon Metrics

July 1998March 2003 (4 years 9 months)

I was hired as the second application engineer and Silicon Metrics’ thirteenth employee. I have been involved in pre-sales technical evaluations and training, post-sales customer assistance, services, technical marketing and product development. Highlights of my work include:

• I was involved with most of Silicon Metrics’ customers and potential customers demonstrating tools, training characterization and design engineers, reviewing and resolving both design and tool issues, and developing new tool features. I worked with two tier-1 companies to map and develop characterization and design flows that included Silicon Metrics products.

• I materially involved in the development of Silicon Metrics’ first product, CellRater, a tool used to characterize standard cells, I/O and small-to-medium datapath cells. My design and technical expertise in the analog effects of digital modeling, as well as my experience working with human-to-software interactions for many EDA tools were most valuable for these efforts.

• I contributed to the to the marketing and development of CellRater by scripting additional automation or prototype characterization and data acquisition. These scripts help Silicon Metrics’ sales staff by producing comparative and histographic data emphasizing the value of the tool, and Silicon Metrics’ programmers by providing a simple and documented prototype for new features.

• I contributed materially to each tool's user manuals and training guides and product marketing collateral. I designed the original product Q/A test suite and contributed to its continued development.

Library Development


March 1998July 1998 (5 months)

I qualified Galax!’s 0.35μ library and Avant!’s Star-MTB Master Toolbox cell characterization tool preparatory to new library development, new cell development, and automating the library characterization process. Other tasks included working with the Austin team to develop Galax!’s business model, assisting in the development of a Star-MTB training class, and developing the content of the Passport Library presentation shown at DAC ‘98. The Austin Galax! organization was officially disbanded in July 1998, and Galax! itself dissolved shortly thereafter.

CAD/EDA Support

Dallas Semiconductor

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; MXIM; Semiconductors industry

September 1996March 1998 (1 year 7 months)

My primary duties at Dallas Semiconductor were to support and maintain the transient simulators, netlisting, post-layout analysis, and the Analog Flow. I supported the use of both analog and static-timing simulators, evaluated a wide variety of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, consulted within the EDA team concerning the Digital Flow, and developed and maintained the design UNIX environment (SunOS & Solaris). Additionally, I conceived and developed DalSemi’s CadWeb internal web-site. The site included a custom class-registration system that became very popular, and was directly responsible for a four-fold increase in engineer training, which itself contributed directly to a dramatic increase in the use of automation during the design cycle.

Customer Training, Documenation, Quality Assurance

Orem Programming Partners

May 1992September 1996 (4 years 5 months)

OPP developed EDA software, used in the now defunct Signetics organization, for military and commercial design and testing of electronic circuits. I acted as liaison to Hill Air Force Base, UT, and author for the software documentation. My duties included contract interpretation, project review, quality analysis, IC modeling, as well as marketing and training and authoring 300+ pages of documentation. I worked closely with both HAFB and our software developers to insure that both functionality and interface were suitable to both our customer, and future commercialization.

Design Engineer

Philips Semiconductors

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NXPI; Semiconductors industry

August 1992September 1994 (2 years 2 months)

As the design engineering lead I helped train exchange engineers from the Netherlands and Singapore. I worked with CMOS, Bipolar and BiCMOS technologies to design within, and support, Philips’ 16/32-bit high-frequency/high-current product families. My duties included primary circuit design, simulation, and layout. Further, I regularly authored and lectured in seminars and instructional tours, helping Philips’ customers to use Philips’ products. Finally, I continued the development and support of Philips’ SPICE Customer Support program, which I started as a Junior Engineer.

Junior Engineer


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Semiconductors industry

January 1992August 1994 (2 years 8 months)

As a new hire in the emerging Philips organization I was responsible for the design and maintenance of products within the BiCMOS 16/32-bit high-frequency product line, and developing the Philips' SPICE Customer Support program. The SPICE program consisted of creating and documenting electronic models and authoring directions for their use.

E Keith Howick Jr's Publications

  • Blow Us Away! Publishers' Secrets for Successful Manuscripts

    • Silverton House Publishing
    • February 2, 2010

    Publishers and agents around the world are waiting to be blown away by the next great manuscript, but are frustrated by the average new author's lack of preparedness; they aren't presented well to publishers. These are well-written manuscripts that lack marketing insight, organization, or an understanding of the book industry. Bring publishers a great book with all the background information we need to make a good business decision and you've got a deal. Come on, I dare you! Blow Us Away!

E Keith Howick Jr's Languages

  • Finnish

E Keith Howick Jr's Skills & Expertise

  1. Publishing
  2. Editorial
  3. Characterization
  4. Product Development
  5. Strategic Partnerships
  6. Product Marketing
  7. Product Management
  8. Competitive Analysis
  9. Start-ups
  10. Semiconductors
  11. Entrepreneurship
  12. New Business Development

E Keith Howick Jr's Education

University of Utah

BSEE, Electrical Engineering


I taught labs and graded homework for classes totaling more than 175 class-hours in the following courses: Electronics for Non-majors and Electronic Instrumentation.

Activities and Societies: Phi Eta Sigma

E Keith Howick Jr's Additional Information


Language arts, programming, psychology, religion, politics, pinball, video games (a guilty pleasure)

Groups and Associations:

IEEE, IBPA (Independent Book Publihsers Association), LDSBA (LDS Booksellers Association)

Honors and Awards:

Patent awarded - 'Apparatus for optimized constraint characterization with degradation options and associated methods' 2003

Article: "Conquering the High-Frequency Domain with Predictable Sequential Models" (DesignCon 2002)

Article: "Digital Fault Simulator on a PC" (STC 1995)

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