Overview
History
Skills

Thomas Swingruber
Keith Swingruber



Overview
  • We are a small computer/hi-tech consulting firm, in business for over 20 years. Owned by the father/son team of Thomas and Keith Swingruber, we have been involved with many facets of the industry. Our speciality is designing custom hardware with embedded software.
  • Anyware is located in the sleepy town of Ridgefield, Washington, just minutes north of Portland, Oregon. We have easy access to an international airport, and the "Silicon Forest".



History
  • We began in the late '70s as "Compco", located in Great Falls, Montana. While it was a great place to live, and raise families, Montana was not the most conducive enviroment for the Electronics and Computer industry.
  • In 1987, we moved to Clark County, Washington, and re-named the company "Anyware", to reflect our expertise in merging hardware, software, and firmware (now known as embedded software).
  • In 1993 we built a new facility in Ridgefield, Washington, located near Portland, Oregon.



Skills
  • Micro controller/ Microprocessor software and firmware development. Especially familiar with x86, Z80,HD64180, 8031, 68HC05, 6800, 6500 and 8748 families of microprocessors.
  • Chip level IC logic design including FPGAs.
  • Building software drivers to hook custom products into existing operating systems (Windows, DOS, etc.)
  • Design of software and hardware for graphics manipulations (frame capture and analysis, video color mixing, hardware pixel mapping, etc.)
  • Design and analysis of probability curves, especially as they apply to video gambling games.
  • Prototype level electronics assembly: soldering, wiring, wire harnesses, etc.
  • Prototype level light mechanical work: wood and aluminum cabinetry, physical layout, etc.
  • Computer program design in wide variety of languages, including, but not limited to: Macro Assemblers, C, C++, Visual-BASIC, BASIC, FORTRAN, Forth, Algol, Pascal, Simula.
  • Set-up and maintenance of small LANs using Windows NT.
  • Electronic prototyping and one-time electrical/electronic test bench fabrication.
  • Printed circuit board design and layout.
  • Application development under variety of operating systems, including DEC RSX-11/M, DEC VMS, CP/M, MS-DOS, and all versions of Windows.
  • Development of user friendly and "Bomb-proof" programs in both high-level and machine-level languages.
  • Environmental control systems
  • Computer generated music, and synthesized digital sounds (musical score entry schemes, waveform mapping, storage problems, etc.)
  • Document and forms layout using editing tools such as MS-Word and Excel.
  • Writing, layout, and production of printed material such as technical manuals, user manuals, and newsletters.
  • 2D, 3D, and animated graphics
  • Web-skills: HTML, Dynamic-HTML, Java scripting, CGI-scripting



Thomas Swingruber
  • Worked on and off for 7 years with the GE Two-way-radio division, intermixed with The US Army and college.
  • Started as an entry level technician with GE, and worked up to senior technician. Experience at GE includes many special projects such as making a shielded receiver test cage super electrically quiet. Also performed an evaluation of the GE authorized field repair facilities for competence, etc.
  • Received from BSEE Syracuse University.
  • Spent 13 Years With the Lycoming Division of AVCO Corporation in Stratford Connecticut. AVCO/Lycoming developed and deployed the re-entry vehicle for the Atlas, Titan-1, and Minuteman ICBMs (the re-entry vehicle carries the nuclear weapon back into the atmosphere and arms and triggers the weapon).
    • Started as junior development engineer and worked through the ranks to a senior engineer and then a base activation manager.
    • As a junior-senior engineer, worked with the telemetry used for down-range monitoring of prototype re-entry vehicles, and development of the arming and fusing systems.
    • Once the Titan-1 system was deployed, initially went out to the military bases for the operational installation phase, as a senior field engineer.
    • As a base manager, supervised bringing military bases up to operational status with the re-entry system. This included installation the of reentry vehicle handling and testing equipment, and training military personal to deploy the system both on base and at the missile silos. The equipment was then demonstrated using the specially trained military teams. These demonstration were very formal and included inspectors from SAC and the DOD to certify all equipment was operational and that the military was ready to take over its maintenance.
  • When the missile programs ended, the options with AVCO were to work in the New York City Area or Vietnam. Since neither offered a healthy family environment, Tom and his family moved into a house he owned in Montana. Shortly thereafter, he began taking contract work out of Southern California, forming the company "Compco" with his son, Keith.



Keith Swingruber
  • Began working with computer in the mid-70s
    • Gained hands-on experience of hardware and software on the early personal computers.
    • As a student, helped classmates with their programing projects on the "primitive" main-frames available to Montana high-school students.
  • Graduated in '83 from Colgate University with a BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, making the University's Dean's List.
  • Worked on various hardware and software design projects with father's company during college years.
  • Upon graduating, formed "Compco" with his father.
  • From '83 to present, has been an active partner in "Compco", and it successor, "Anyware". Keith has participated in all aspects of the company: hardware design, software develpoment, and the day-to-day tasks of running a successful small business.