We received and are still receiving excellent responses to our recent blog, Analog ICs We Can’t Live Without… & Ones We Wish We Had. This got me thinking more about something I touched on briefly at the end of that blog — something that deserves more discussion.
We are starting to see more specialized analog ICs come into the market. Some are extremely specialized and will find use in niche equipment. These are the devices I've written about before, like the AFEs used in gas analyzers for medical diagnostic equipment in AFE Eval Platforms Merit Closer Look. Such equipment serves a vital need, of course, but annual volumes are not high. I gave some consideration to that issue of annual volumes in another recent blog, Comparing & Contrasting ASSP, AFE, or General Purpose Devices.
Putting thoughts from these blogs together, I'd like to know what functionality you would like to see integrated onto an IC. As before, let your imagination run free — as long as it pertains to the subject at hand. The market for your wish-list device might be automotive, consumer electronics, computer equipment, RF, medical diagnostic, home healthcare… the list goes on.
Depending on what ideas we see here, we may get commentary from industry insiders who can comment on your ideas.
Don't worry about whether there is a market for the device. Never mind concerns about how many might be sold. NRE cost? Not your problem. Just tell us, from your perspective, what functions you'd like to see on an IC. It should get some more good conversations going.