Introducing Tundra Labs

Hello World!

It’s Luke here, with great pride and excitement, I’m happy to open the doors to Tundra Labs. A little background on myself, I’m a Graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. I focused on Signal Processing and Electromagnetism in my undergrad and have been working in a profession setting as a design engineer for over 11 years. As my career progressed I’ve also taken in some graduate education at the University of Southern California in IC design and RF systems.

I started my career designing X-Ray electronics for GE Healthcare. First working on robotics and then transitioning to high performance analog and RF design for X-Ray detectors. At this time, I was critical to the release of GE’s FlashPad Wireless Flat panel X-Ray detector including the Low Noise switching power supply and Ultra-Wide Band Radio.

After almost 5 years at GE I moved on to a role at Plexus Engineering Services to work on the digital portion of a Renal Ablation RF Generator. This was a new type of therapy for chronic, drug resistant hypertension. This design included an x86 processor running Windows Embedded and an PCIe connected FPGA. The design also included high speed interfaces for HMDI, LVDS display, Ethernet and USB 2.0. Later at Plexus I worked on a project to use a Fanuc LR-Mate 6DOF robot to automatically assemble pressure regulators for the Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine.

Later I moved to Triad Semiconductor as a ASIC Architect to help customers realize their systems as Application Specific Integrated Circuits. In this role I worked with a multitude of customers in Farming Equipment, Automotive Infotainment and most recently the TS3633 and TS4231 transimpedance amplifier front ends used to enable Valve’s Lighthouse Tracking Technology.

Lighthouse tracking has become a passion of mine over the past 3 years, while at Triad I did a lot of work in supporting SteamVR licensees to bring their products to market and also manufacture and support the SteamVR Hardware developers kit. I was also the lead designer on the new Shoto HDK for SteamVR.

In August of 2018, I made the difficult (but exciting!) decision to start Tundra Labs. The goal is to build a company specifically designed to enable customers leveraging the Lighthouse tracking technology and also play a role in developing future generations of the technology through engineering services.

In addition to product design services, Tundra Labs will be releasing an eclectic collection of products. Some of these products will be highly engineered solutions while others will be elegant but simple solutions to customer pain points that we identify over time. I’m also interested in building a fulfillment and distribution engine for 3rd party products where it makes sense.

I hope to write blog posts frequently to talk more about who Tundra Labs is, what makes our approach different and why I’m super passionate about the future.

Luke BenoComment