I'm Saar Drimer, an electronics craftsman.

This is my CV.

I'm a hardware design engineer interested in exploring new ways to design, and interact with, electronics. I'm motivated by fresh new ideas that challenge conventional ways of doing 'things'. I also cook for fun, and do artistic things for well being.

Work experience

Boldport, founder
October 2010 — Present


Elektor International, technical author
March 2021 — Present

Eurocircuits, technical writer
October 2020 — Present

BERG London, hardware design contractor
August 2012 — November 2012 & July 2013 — October 2013

London, UK

Argon Design, Principal Engineer
January 2012 — September 2012

Cambridge, UK

University of Cambridge, Research Associate
November 2009 — June 2010

Xilinx, Design Engineer II, Advanced Product Division (Virtex FPGAs)
April 2002 — August 2005

San Jose, California

Kinaare Networks, Engineering Intern
Summer 2000
Sunnyvale, California


PhD Computer Science,
Department of Computer Science and Technology,
Cambridge University
October 2005 — October 2009

Academic adviser: Dr Markus G. Kuhn
Industry adviser: Austin Lesea

BSc Computer Engineering,
University of California at Santa Cruz
October 1998 — June 2002

Speaking or media

May 2016 — NMI Open Source Conference
Sailing the open seas.

February 2016 — Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM)

1. The future of what we call EDA may not be so bleak.
2. PCBmodE, a PCB design tool with a twist.

June 2011 — Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG)
Building open, communicating communities.

October 2010 — Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Chip&PIN — notes on a dysfunctional security system.

February 2010 — BBC Newsnight programme

February 2008 — BBC Newsnight programme

February 2007 — BBC Watchdog programme

Selected publications

Technical reports