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Old 29th August 2015, 12:03 PM   #1
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Influential audio designer Dr. Matti Otala of Finland, died 9 August 2015. Those of us who built Marshall Leach's amplifiers will recognize the name.

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Many detractors, but he got people thinking about amplifier design and compensation in a new way that surely led to improvements no matter how you looked at it.
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Yep, it's on Finnish wikipedia, but you have to use translate function unless you understand Suomi.

Never met him personally, but met and talked at length with Per Abrahamsen (Electrocompaniet) who knew him well - and I seem to recall my brother Jannik met him too. He was 75.
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Influential audio designer Dr. Matti Otala of Finland, died 9 August 2015. Those of us who built Marshall Leach's amplifiers will recognize the name.
Sorry to hear that he passed. Even though we know him for his early work on amplifiers, he had a very influential career in Finland after that early work in audio.

I met him in the late 1990s when I was one of the organizers of a well known conference on semiconductor devices - the International Electron Devices Meeting or IEDM. That conference has a tradition of having 3 plenary talks at the start of the conference - one each from Europe, US, and Asia. At the time, mobile phone technology was experiencing rapid evolution and sales were growing exponentially. So we were very interested in hearing about the technology needs of the mobile phone industry. The European members of the organizing committee described Otala as "the father of the Finnish mobile phone industry" and a key figure behind the success of Nokia. At the time and until the appearance of the iphone in 2007, Nokia was the dominant player in the cell phone industry. We were hoping that we'd find a speaker to talk about the trends in cell phone design and how the underlying technology needed to evolve to meet the unique needs of mobile phones. But that wasn't the talk that he wanted to give. He was no longer working at Nokia and was instead working as a Professor at Tampere University. His talk was about "Intercontinental migration of dominant technologies" and how the creators of technology such as watches, cameras, and personal computers had all seen the manufacturing and most of the business migrate from Europe or the US to low cost manufacturing in other parts of the world - primarily Asia. He then talked about the emergence of smart cards and mobile communication technology and the actions Europe was taking to prevent a similar loss of those industries.

When he gave the talk, I was slightly disappointed because it was more about macroeconomic trends and less about the technology of phones. But looking back, he was worrying about really important trends, and he was quite prescient to be worried about these things. When he gave the talk, Nokia was the dominant mobile phone company in the world. The next decade and half saw Nokia's phone business practically destroyed, mainly by the creation of the smart phone by Apple followed by the low cost Android phones. He clearly was a big thinker who worried about important problems. May he rest in peace.

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Engineer Lauri Johannes Mattila died on November 3, 2010 in Turku, Finland. He was a 92-year-old, born on 14 June 1918 in the United States.

Mattila moved to the age of 12 accompanied by their parents permanently in Finland. Lower secondary school he attended in Haapajärvi in ​​Northern Ostrobothnia. Winter War, suspension of civil engineering studies, he got the Tampere completed in 1943.

First radio to Lauri Mattila scored 1933 Boy Scout club inspired by, among other things, American schoolboy, met in years of Thomas Alva Edison.

Young weak current engineering reached in Helsinki Helvar develop the first ultra-short receivers in the late 1940s. Ultra-short waves, and radio were once a significant factor in the electronics technical advances in the digital technology of our age of digital TV broadcasting.

TV technology Lauri Mattila, who direct their skills and talents of the inventor of Turku kind of ASA Radio, where he since 1957 was responsible for the design of the radio doing the transistor technology revolution and, subsequently, in the development of high-quality audio playback that is hifiä. In the last years of employment, he was involved in bringing stereo sound technology television receivers. Retirement, he stayed in 1983.

Mattila was a founding audio technology sector organization the Audio Engineering Society Finnish divisions together with, inter alia, an emeritus professor and ex-business leader Matti Mattila Otala 1978, was once the chairman of the Chamber.

Mattila was enough creativity, but also arm the soup bucket and sewing hobby. He built his own clothing collection as long as the vision is allowed sewing. Summer cottagers and fisheries, in addition to favorite retirement hobbies included traveling.

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