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Cross between EE and CS. Someone who has been trained to understand both hardware and software. Fairly common in embedded design.
...but discrete soundcards, especially external ones, are still alive and well if you record. The noise floor of internal sound cards hasn't gotten that much better (a PC is very noisy RF environment), and if you need mic preamps, quarter inch jacks, optical in, etc, they generally don't fit on a PCI card or laptop.
But for general gaming or home theater use? Nope. Send the audio out over the HDMI out, or SPDIF for DVI/VGA rigs, and let the amp sort it out.
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Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650
Infinitv line (I own one of the PCIe quad tuners; works well in my Mythtv box, but depends on the CCI bits set by your cable company.)
It's a crapshoot depending on the CCI settings of your cable provider, but yes, they do. I have the quad tuner from Ceton, and from Verizon FIOS I get locals, expanded basic, and some of the premium channels with my mythtv backend. I recently rebuilt the box; it's currently running on Ubuntu raring, with an AMD A10 and 5x3TB in a ZFS array.
You'll also need a listings provider; I use Schedules Direct, which just works but does charge.
(Under linux, you'll only receive channels with no flags or the Copy Freely flag. In the absence of CCI flags, the Ceton tuner will also respect the old school analog (macrovision?) flags that are ignored by clear qam tuners.)
obquote: "I *AM* the law!"
Also: Power requirements (covered vaguely in TFA), efficiency, and thermal requirements, since this is an electric ion thruster. There are a lot of SEP designs, although I don't recall any others quite this small.
What I also didn't see in the article is whether they have or need some sort of MEMs equivalent of valves... will the ionic fluid boil off in vacuum without the voltage applied? At what rate? Does the ionic fluid degrade with storage, and will it clog the capillaries like an inkjet printer? How big are the pores, and are they sensitive to cosmic radiation like silicon?
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Before gas stations, you bought gasoline at the hardware store in tins. Later on they added self-measuring pumps, and eventually they evolved into separate establishments. Also remember that roads were largely local during the early part of the automobile era, and it took a long time to develop a decent road network..
Atmel did something similar a few years back with their FPSLIC, but the tools and parts were very expensive and it's more or less dead. It looks like the Zynq has a similar problem... the lowest end part is $15+ for high volume sales.
At least for the laptops. There's a lot more spectrum there, and it's much less saturated. Probably not an option for the phones, though. Also, wired ethernet when possible.
Yes, in Life+70 countries that can easily happen. In the US, anything published before 1923 is in the public domain. Anything from 1923 onward requires a lot of research, which sometimes leads to mistakes (as in the Rule 6 clearance referenced above, "The Escape", aka "Brainwave"). Actually, it's not so much a mistake as an oddity in the law. The first publication, as a serial, was not renewed. Only the later republication as "Brainwave" was renewed.