Electronics

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Electronics are a gateway technology leading to computers.

  • They enable and make possible advanced, pre-intelligent machinery and devices.
  • Later, more advanced versions and electronics create increasingly more advanced computers and other Information Technology devices.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

No information yet available.

Specialized Uses[edit]

Many kinds of specialized electronics exist including:

  • Astronics, specialized for interstellar navigational calculations and operation through the vacuum. Astronics are usually implemented in the form of an Astrogation Computer, often simply called a navigation computer.
  • Avionics, specialized for aircraft operation within a gaseous atmosphere. Avionics are usually implemented in the form of a Flight Computer.

Moore's Law[edit]

Moore's law is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years. The observation is named after Gordon Moore, an ancient Terran human, who wrote paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. Moore's prediction proved accurate for several decades and was once used in the semiconductor industry to guide long-term planning and to set targets for research and development. Advancements in TL:7-9 digital electronics were once strongly linked to Moore's law. Moore's law describes a driving force of technological and social change, productivity, and economic growth. Moore's law is an observation and projection of a historical trend and not a physical or natural law.

Eventually, manufacturing paradigms for electronics technology changed the law which no longer held true. Advanced biotech, nanotech, and makertech changed the nature of electronics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Information Technology, computers, and electronics are foundational technologies for Charted Space. Technologists and Educational Institute officers generally group these developments into technological epochs and periods.

Technological Overview of Electronics[edit]

Electronics Generations:

  1. Analogue Electronics
  2. Macroelectronics (Conventional Electronics or Digital Electronics )
  3. Microelectronics
  4. Optoelectronics
  5. Myelotronics
  6. Nanotronics
  7. Fuzzy Electronics
  8. Atomtronics
  9. Pyschotronics

Technological Stages of Electronic Development[edit]

Calculative Period[edit]

TL:7-9:
Workable electronics generally become widely available in the TL:7-9 epoch. Very limited electronics and simple circuits may become available earlier, but are rarely able to mainstream into consumer and military goods.

Bright Period[edit]

TL:10-12:
The computers of this area revolutionize society allowing smart devices, intelligent city controllers, and mainstreamed interstellar travel: Jumpliners.

TL:13-15:
Cutting edge electronics at the TL:13-15 are often unrecognizable to earlier peoples. They often make use of subatomic microelectronic components, dedicated nanotechnology, or even organic components or biotech. Many scientists and futorologists assume that the trend of paradigmatic change will hold and the future kinds of electronics in advanced artifacts may be near unrecognizable to TL:13-15 societies.

TL:16-18:
Current research into the Hop Drive will undoubtedly yield new kinds of Ship's Computers and vastly improved capabilities for FTL transportation. Current technologists and futurists are anticipating a paradigm change.

Brilliant Period[edit]

TL:19-27:
Some Imperial scientists have quietly made the observation that psionic science may underlay future societal and technological developments. True Artificial Intelligence is another widely anticipated factor.

Beyond Brilliance[edit]

TL:28-30:
No information yet available.

TL:31-33:
No information yet available.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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