Good observation naperlou. It use to be that people who bought electronic products knew the details - speed, size, etc. Now it has advanced enought that they don't even know what have those values mean anymore...just long as it works.
I have heard it said that people are no longer interested in speeds and feeds. What they don't understand is that this is what drives technology. Faster, more memory, etc. is the critical component that makes new applications, such as voice recognition in embedded systems, possible. The speed and density that comes with smaller feature sizes makes this kind of thing possible.
With the increase in available, low power storage using flash memory applications that use lots of memory, such as speach and image processing become possible. In this, we are basically mimicking the human brain.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
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