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Craig Goldman, President of CoAutomation

CoAutomation develops microcontroller-based electronics from customer specification for research, medical, commercial and consumer products. The customer supplies the idea and application expertise; we provide the technology. In recent years, CoAutomation has focussed on creating battery-powered systems for acquiring data from sensors, recording the data or transmitting the data to a host. In some cases, the electronics processes the data and uses the resulting information to control motors, heaters or other devices. Examples include: water meters, medical monitoring, home thermostats, industrial temperature control, and small motor control.

The company has extensive experience in designing systems that operate under strict power specifications. These situations require careful attention to hardware organization and firmware functionality. CoAutomation has work with customers to successfully create electronics that will periodically gather data and transmit the results for over 15 years using an "AA"-size lithium battery.

CoAutomation products are "well-behaved". We work with the client to define product behavior early in the design process and then create detailed specifications of product functionality. Microcontroller code is developed using proprietary programming techniques to create virtually bug-free firmware. The result is a full-function product with no unexpected glitches or hiccups.

CoAutomation was founded in 1999 by Craig Goldman, a graduate of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Craig Goldman is a recognized innovator and inventor who holds ten U.S. patents and has made essential contributions to scores of commercially successful products. A few of Craig's noteworthy engineering achievements are:

  • In 1984 Craig Goldman created the graphics controller for a 17 1/4-inch by 11-inch CRT display. Showing 1728 by 1100 8-bit pixels, it was at the time of its introduction the highest resolution commercially available grey-scale display.
  • In 1986, Craig Goldman was a key member of the team that revolutionized the electronics for printing pictures on laser printers; the technology was sold to Canon Inc. and it is still used today in laster printers and copiers.
  • Craig Goldman was one of the first designers to use Ethernet to communicate between industrial controllers (1992).
  • Craig Goldman was a member of the first team to demonstrate using the internet for factory data acquisition (1993) and the world-wide web for communications with industrial controllers (1996)

After consulting for two years as "Microcontroller Magic", Craig Goldman formed CoAutomation Incorporated in April 1999 to provide a better structure for customers of his expanding consulting business. The new structure allows the company to assemble a team of experienced designers with multiple specialties to provide more comprehensive solutions to complex engineering problems.

Craig Goldman / CoAutomation is proud to be a Senior Member of the IEEE and an active member of the Boston Section of the IEEE Consultants' Network.





Patents


Craig Goldman's numerous patents demonstrate his distinguished history of engineering innovation and expertise.

U.S. Patents
Patent No.Title
7,490,138System for distributed programmable control, (2009)
7,274,997Method of measuring discrete incremental feedback from motion devices, (2007)
7,146,408Method and system for monitoring a controller and displaying data from the controller in a format provided by the controller, (2006)
6,973,353Programmable Controller for Controlling an Output State,(2005).
5,982,362Video interface architecture for programmable industrial control systems, (1999).
5,975,737Distributed interface architecture for programmable industrial control systems, (1999).
5,805,442Distributed interface architecture for programmable industrial control systems, (1998).
4,800,442Apparatus for generating an image from a digital video signal, (1989).
4,758,996Address translator, (1988).
4,566,000Image display apparatus and method having virtual cursor, (1986).
NOTE: (Click patent number to browse U.S. Patent and Trademark Office online version of that patent.  Patent will open is a separate browser window).
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