A VP at a company I was working at 15 years ago insisted on me using a computer to run a piece of production machinery. Because this type of machine has a lifetime exceeding 30 years, I argued against it because of reliability concerns. I was overruled.
The computer-controlled machine has had to have numerous computer upgrades over the years to keep up with industry-wide hardware and software changes at great cost in downtime and reliability.
The machines run on 555 Timers are still running 30 years later without a failure and are still in production.
The computer controlled machine now needs to be completely redone at enormous cost because the hardware is too outdated to upgrade any longer.
The moral is, just because we can go "digital" doesn't mean we should.
Without the work of what people Camenzind did, Steve Jobs couldn't have done anything. Different people with differentskills, but someonehas to invent the basic technology first. Where would we be without folks who cando that?
Before microprocessors were readily available, I designed a bazillion machine controllers using the 555 Timer in Sequential Logic. Never had a failure or had it lock up from a power glitch. I had the internal circuitry memorized and used it in ways it was never designed to be used by utilizing the various transistors and functions available through the pins.
I still remember the page number in the Sighnetics Data Book it appeared on, page 6-49, and that was 30 years ago. The best, and most useful chip every designed...
Please do not equate Jobs with Camenzid.
Jobs was a Marketeer with a great sense of product. He innovated by using the inventions of others in new styling and packaging.
Camenzid was an inventor and an engineer. His invention was the core or key component of many other inventions and together brought innovations to the public through myriad companies.
I believe you are correct. There was a need to innovate in the 555 era. Now it is more packaging and marketing; trading brain cells for eyeballs, and it will get worse. For every exceptional innovation, there are many more tweaks to the innovation, at least in electronics.
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