It's a digital world. But, ironically, there's a shortage of experienced analog design engineers out there. So laments Steve Lyle, Director of Worldwide Staffing for Texas Instruments. "Obviously, it takes an analog signal at the beginning of the design and at the end of the design to make digital work," he says. "And we're having difficulty finding engineers with five to seven years of experience who can walk in and develop high-speed, high-performance analog devices," says Lyle. One reason: Many good analog design engineers are firmly entrenched in their current companies and can't be pried away—even for salaries that are extremely competitive. Currently looking to fill dozens of openings, Lyle sees demand for analog engineers for years to come. "I hope lots of bright students in high school are going to go on to become engineers, preferably analog," he says wishfully.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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