We are now more than a decade into the 21st century, and on an ever-accelerating fast track to technological innovation in electronics. The transistor and progression into the IC, or microchip, lit the fuse leading to the explosion of innovations in electronics that is now taking place. Since the widespread introduction of the microchip in the early 1970s, more medical, mathematical, and scientific breakthroughs have occurred than during any other time, and big breakthroughs are happening more frequently. This surge is due in large part to the performance and computing power that the ever-shrinking but increasingly dense silicon wafer has brought.
Let’s take a look into the analog sector’s crystal ball and see what’s coming to the rescue of analog designers to help them in the scope of variables they must manage, the extreme sensitivities to circuit constraints, and the quality of results necessary to make analog design as much of an art form as it is a science (Reference 1).
Great article! As rightly brought out in this article...I also feel...since the chip technology is progressing at a very fast pace but the system level design is getting challenging in order to extract the benefits out of the newer faster, low power but noise sensitive chips as there has not been any major revolution taken placed in the PCB technology domain.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.