Analog ASICs offer an alternative that deserves serious consideration, despite the huge number of excellent, off-the-shelf analog ICs.
The Juno spacecraft now orbiting Jupiter has a suite of science instruments which will investigate the existence of a possible solid planetary core, map Jupiterís intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planetís auroras
With the emergence of hand-sized computers, calculators have lost some of their former prominence, yet they continue to be a convenient and important engineering tool.
For engineers and technicians, the event of changing occupation tends to come associated with the challenge of diving into new knowledge areas. Entering into the lightning research and protection world is one remarkable example.