Miniaturization drives handheld-product growth

Bell, Dave
November 2005
Portable Design;Nov2005, Vol. 11 Issue 11, p21
The article discusses future trends in handheld electronic devices. Analog features have played a major role in the dramatic growth of handheld products. The cell phone is rapidly becoming the platform of choice as PDA features, cameras, and MP3 players are embedded. The dramatic reduction in size and cost of electronics has made this revolution possible. Analog ICs have helped enable this amazing functional density. The number and size of external components, such as resistors and capacitors, have also shrunk. The incredible variety of analog functions available as building blocks has also helped accelerate product development. Demand for mobility and increasing functionality will continue and become an even more worldwide phenomenon.


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