mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Sat Dec 31 22:56:55 CST 2005
> I find it a great pity that now that transistors have become so cheap
> (particularly when in ICs), most people don't care how many are used,
> and most modern designs use far too many of them.
"Too many" in what sense? :)
> It's amazing what could be done with 2 or 3 of the things, but those
> clever designs have been mostly forgotten.
Yes...at least in part because they tend to need a pile of other
things, like capacitors and inductors, which are difficult to stick
onto ICs. I'm not convinced there's anything wrong with using several
dozen transistors on a chip die instead of a couple of transistors and
a half-dozen miscellanous discrete passives.
Well, except that it leaves less opportunity to express hack value.
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