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Analog: Digital can Help Reimagine the Future of Analog

By Dick Weisinger

Businesses everywhere are in a hurry to transform their analog processes into digital equivalents. But that doesn’t mean the end of all analog devices. In many ways digital is remaking the possibilities of analog.

Despite the buildup of digital technology, analog is still needed at the points where digital comes into contact with the real world. Analog controls things like loudspeakers, electrical power flow, and wireless connections. It is unlikely that analog connections like these will ever go away. But as digital becomes more dominant, the way that we build analog devices is changing.

Don Dingee, tech author, wrote for Planet Analog that “by far the biggest force in analog transformation today is digital integration—a broader concept than mixed-signal fab processes. A sure way to combat analog noise and variation is working in digital where possible. Digital integration is driving dramatic changes in analog system design.”

Majeed Ahmad, editor in chief of EE Times Asia, wrote that “in this tectonic shift, analog designers are taking advantage of the abundance of digital gates to implement digitally-assisted analog functions. As a result, there is a significant amount of digital content inside analog designs. It’s also worth mentioning that analog engineers are increasingly using digital techniques to deal with configuration and calibration tasks.”

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