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Brad Albing

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Brad Albing
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goafrit2
4/9/2013 10:25:00 PM
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Re: FPGA, DSP Not Good Options
>> Interesting. Have you done some of this design (at a chip level)? I'd like to here more

I have done a lot of chip design (at the level of silicon, CMOS)

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
3/28/2013 11:34:32 AM
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Re: FPGA, DSP Not Good Options
Any additional knowledge I can pick up on FPGA programming (about which I know pretty much nothing) can only prove useful as we delve more into programmable analog.

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
3/20/2013 6:15:56 PM
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Re: FPGA, DSP Not Good Options
Interesting. Have you done some of this design (at a chip level)? I'd like to here more.

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goafrit2
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1/22/2013 11:39:49 PM
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FPGA, DSP Not Good Options
In this age of high automation, many people categorize FPGA and others as extension of the analog design universe. Why that is true when looking at things broadly, they fail the serious test of analog solutions. There are solutions now like Field Programmable Analog Arrays (FPNA) which uses floating gate devices to make opamps, etc. Yet, for them to work, you need a lot of digital solutions. Because my PIC DSP MCU has some opamps may not mean they are providing analog solutions. The best analog strategy is when the engineer enginees systems at the level of silicon. That is where you get the optimal value in performance.

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1/22/2013 11:34:33 PM
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Performance is vital
The adoption of integrated analog strategy for many analog challenges is largely due to the ability to precisely design systems for higher performance. There are things analog solution is not good at but when it is an analog problem, digital only offers a brute-force solution. Notice that in this age when power is premium, an experienced engineer will pursue the analog paradigm because it gives you the best value.

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