What to do When There is no Chip Set or Reference Design

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  • Author: Breed
Most electronic products that are manufactured in volume are developed using a design that was done by someone else—a chip set or ref-erence design using a pre-determined layout and mate-rials list. This is a valuable method for supporting low cost, large market development of useful (or fun!) tech-nologies. Such standardized designs leverage the clas-sic “economy of scale” concept, giving us such things as free wireless phones with a service agreement and cheap, powerful personal computers.