Where is design engineering headed? All in one chip.
Todayís world is all about mobile devices and SBCs that feature self-contained SoCs (System on a Chip), which allows everything from the CPU to the GPU to be housed on a single piece of silicon (or other material). SoC design is no longer limited to tech companies with sophisticated manufacturing centers, as technology advancements have made it possible of makers and home-based engineers to design their own PSoCs at their leisure. As you could have guessed there are free software development tools for those as well, such as Cypress Performís PSoC Creator3.0 SP1, which allows users to design their own Programmable System on a Chip and have it manufactured (that part costs). The software suite comes with everything needed in an integrated design platform, including PSoC Creator for hardware/firmware application design centered on PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP systems. It also includes PSoC Components that let users drag and drop virtual analog and digital customizable components to suit their needs with a full set of API libraries. Lastly, the software platform features a built in C source-code compiler/editor complete with a debugging tool to root out any unwanted glitches in their creations. There is also a full communications library for I2C, USB, UART, and SPI interfaces. Thereís a lot that can be done using the PSoC creator and that might be an indication of what the future of circuit design will become, as more
makers, hobbyists and engineers are able to produce their own SoCs from the comfort of their own homes. With 3D printers and outsourcing manufacturing becoming more affordable over time, it makes it easy for people to produce their own SoCs fairly easy.
More information: Cypress Performís PSoC Creator3.0 SP1.