Bill Stanley, Principal Engineer, founded BillCo Labs in 2002.
Bill has worked in the Consumer and OEM Electronics fields since 1976
and was a Founder of two start-up companies, EPX, Inc. and Personal Solutions,
Inc. At EPX, he worked on the control system for the Infinitely Variable
Transmission design. EPX currently licenses an indestructible sprag clutch
design. At Personal Solutions, he focused on consumer design handheld
systems for consumer finance. Bill was named on Patent No. US 6,431,439
B1 for his work at Personal Solutions and Patent No. US 6,820,206 B1.
BS Electrical Engineering San Jose State University
MS Electrical Engineering San Jose State University
MS Computer Information Systems San Jose State University
Involvement in Standards Committees and Contributions
Bills professional technical experience in Electrical Engineering spans
more than 30 years. Bill has been involved extensively in IEEE committees
for more than a decade. While employed at Adaptec, Inc. (1990 - 2000),
he participated in and contributed to IEEE meetings (U.S. and international),
Working Groups and Specifications - IEEE 1284.1, 1284.2, and 1284.3
Specifications. He was a voting member and was involved in the ballot
resolution groups for the IEEE 1284.1, 1284.2, 1284.3 Specifications.
Bill has been involved in many technical committees and standards bodies,
including IEEE, Infiniband, IrDA, MMCA, PCMCIA, SDA, SDIO, and the USB
Patents / Published Articles / Teaching and Speaking Engagements
Bill has written technical papers, which have been published in Electronics
trade journals, taught technical classes, given technical presentations,
contributed to and edited many technical specifications.
He has filed for several patents. Two patents have been granted to
him, one of which was related to Infrared Technology and financial transactions
and the other covering power sharing in mobile devices. He has served
as an expert advisor for patent infringement cases. He was invited to
teach a technical course on IEEE 1284 in the US and Europe and was a
guest speaker for WinHec Asia.
A list of some of his hands-on work experience and accomplishments include:
Mobile Digital Media (MDM)
Consulting for MDA and acting as an advocate and liaison to the MMCA
for standards proposals.
Working with a new standard for USB-based flash memory devices. Primarily
responsible for specification maintenance and hardware liaison between
U3 Marketing and Business Development and potential customers. Responsible
for specification revision and editing. Working on test and verification
compliance devices for future products.
Engineering Design Consultant working on a television-based location
system. Responsible for the design of the power supply, battery charger,
antenna, and control microprocessor hardware, including PCB and debug
tools. Designed and placed into prototype production a next-generation
system, including a baseband and RF section, power supply, and GPS.
Engineering Consultant working on a high power synchronized IR vision
system. Worked with existing IR illuminator system to debug and upgrade
an IR illumination system. Designed a new, synchronized multi-camera
system including design, PCB layout and all microprocessor firmware.
Working on the next-generation system, which is based on a high-level
microprocessor system running the Linux Operating System. Project assistance
to Mechanical Engineering to package units for testing.
Wheels of Zeus (wOz)
Hardware Design Engineer for a start-up firm founded by Steve Wozniak.
Responsible for all digital hardware for a hand held personal GPS based
locator system. Designed digital baseband, I/O, MODEM, power supply,
and overall system architecture. The total system design includes 3
separate hardware units each based on different microprocessors, each
of which is intended for high volume consumer production.
Served as External Standards and I/O Architecture Engineer within the
Palm Advanced Technology Group. Some notable accomplishments include:
Created the electrical and protocol specification for Palm's "Universal
Docking Connector", which is still in use today.
Served as Evangelist to promote both the Universal Connector and the
SD slot to developers, which included high profile speeches at multiple
events, including the Palm Source conferences in the United States,
Asia, and Europe.
Created the specification for a general purpose SDIO interface chip
to simplify the creation of SDIO peripherals. Multiple third party ASIC
houses have used this specification as a basis to create commercial
Acted as the active company representative to a number of standards
groups including the following:
The SD Association
The MMC Association
The USB IF
Developed microprocessor-based automated test and evaluation equipment
for some of the first mass-produced hard disk drives.
As one of the very early employees, Bill continued to work on the creation
of automatic test and development equipment for disk drive design and
manufacture. Skills include analog and digital designs and programming.
As the first employee of Adaptec in 1981, Bill worked on most of the
products built and sold by Adaptec during its first 10 years. Notable
product design accomplishments were:
Hardware design and programming of the first dedicated LSI SCSI disk
Hardware design and firmware of many IBM PC disk controllers including
the first RLL-based controller.
Complete responsibility for the architecture, ASICs, and all microcode
for Adaptec's first low cost surface mount based controller.
Many SCSI host adapters, including Adaptec's line of PCMCIA host adapters.
The ASIC and design of the first Plug-and-Play ISA host adapter.
Design of several laser printer controllers including the design and
all firmware for a low cost SCSI based laser printer controller.
The ASICs and design of all Adaptec's IrDA adapters.
The design of a USB to SCSI adapter.
An active participant in the development of the USB Mass Storage Specification.
The initial proof of concept design of an Ethernet to SCSI adapter.
Worked on the early "Infiniband" specification.