Analog monolithic integration has unused capability that stimulates "What if ...?" thinking.
Silicon carbide (SiC) chips are gaining traction in photovoltaic (PV) solar inverters, but its future in electric vehicles remains cloudy.
The field programmable analog array always seems just out of reach. Will it ever become a real device? If it does, will anyone buy one?
Analog computers use far less power than digital ones. They are also less accurate and less capable of producing repeatable results. Still, since they're often good enough, perhaps more attention should be paid to the analog versions.
Sometimes you can use an IC in a manner not contemplated by the IC's manufacturer. As long as you are not exceeding safe operating area specs, you are probably OK.