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When it comes to new technologies and products, we tend to think of “digital” as synonymous with advanced, modern, and high-def, while “analog” is considered retrograde, outmoded, and low-resolution.
But if you think analog is dead, you’d be wrong. Analog processing not only remains at the heart of many vital systems we depend on today, it is now going to make its way into a new breed of compute and intelligent systems that will power some of the most exciting technologies of the future: artificial intelligence and robotics.