Analog engineers enjoying even more of a heyday as the world goes digital -- San Jose Mercury News

December 27, 2005 -- Bryan Legates belongs to a breed of techie increasingly in demand in today's global economy. The 36-year-old engineer at Linear Technology of Milpitas is an analog chip designer in an industry dominated by digital engineers.

Analog engineers do the old-fashioned, almost artistic work of putting real-world information, such as sound, voltage or temperature, into digital form -- the zeroes and ones that computers recognize.

With digital engineers outnumbering analog ones by an estimated 200-to-1, one headhunter has even said recruiting analog engineers is like using a pig to sniff out truffles in the forest.

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