This week, we heard that, "An enduring shortage of analog engineers--that may be getting worse rather than better--is requiring even digital chip powerhouses like Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) to redouble their efforts to recruit and groom analog engineers in the 'black art' of mixed-signal processing." The news came in an EE Times article by R. Colin Johnson covering the market for analog engineers.
Part of the issue, I think, is that wireless connectivity is now being dropped into so many consumer devices. And, as handheld devices converge, refrigerators get smarter, and our gaming consoles allow us to link with our friends in another country, this shortage of analog expertise will only become worse.
Nowhere is this more evident than on the RF DesignLine, where, consistently for the past six months, the top articles have been about the basics of RF PAs, or radio architectures, or RFID, with topics like antenna design topping many of your search lists.
Having worked in the RF field for nearly thirteen years now, I am pleased to see the success of analog design and huge commercialization of the technology. Although, I have to admit I miss sitting down with a few hardened military designers who were hammering out a course into a new millennium hoping that one day the term "wireless" would be ubiquitous in the commercial market. What a fast, strange trip it's been! Bravo everyone! Now, go tell your kids and your friends' kids to study analog engineering...