“Digital” has been a key theme in business over recent years and shows no signs of losing its superstar appeal. Enthusiastic new tech start-ups continue to drive the thriving Digital Sector and Digital Economy ever forward and expand the Digital Media marketplace ever wider. At TDI, our engineers have been developing digital technologies – especially in audio and video applications – for many years. The conversion of sound and images into digital code and the resultant ability to store, process and distribute programme content in ever more sophisticated and creative ways has led to an explosion in media formats, from a hugely expanded range of channels available in traditional broadcast radio and TV formats to completely new streaming and social-media based information and entertainment services.

The revolutionary transformations that have occurred in the media industries (radio, TV and print) over the past few decades are set to be repeated in many other areas of life through the application of emerging new trends such as wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT). These developments will fuel the need to capture, to process and to control many more types of physical and environmental parameters – including sensors for pressure, temperature, humidity, altitude, motion, orientation – the list is almost endless.

Yet, despite the hype and focus on all things digital, most of our world is actually analogue in nature and the delivery of complex digital solutions also calls for the precise capture or control of analogue signals and processes for conversion into or out of the digital data realm.

TDI has broad knowledge and experience with the processing and handling of sensitive analogue signals. Not only that, we also work constantly at the so-called “mixed signal” interface between analogue and digital. Critical to success in these areas are the use of careful circuit design, signal routing and sophisticated board layout techniques that create a stable, low-noise environment in which precision analogue electronics can operate in an optimal way. We work to ensure that all analogue inputs and outputs connecting into a digital platform are equipped to deliver maximum accuracy, insight and value to the applications on which they depend.