20 years have passed in the life of SILICON CHIP,
its staff and those readers who read the first issue, back in November 1987.
Actually, last month, October 2007 was the 240th issue of SILICON CHIP
and I suppose we could have celebrated our 20th anniversary last month.
Our thanks to all those readers and advertisers who have
supported us over the years. You have helped us grow and survive. Of all our
advertisers, I must single out our three major supporters, Jaycar Electronics,
Dick Smith Electronics and Altronics. Without your particular and consistent
support, we certainly would not have survived. But thanks also to all our other
advertisers – you all help contribute to the financial health of this
publication which is vital for long-term survival and growth.
It has been a long haul for all concerned but very gratifying
nonetheless. Who could possibly have imagined all the technological changes
which would occur in those 20 years of publishing? There are so many that it is
hard to nominate the most important changes but they have probably involved
mobile phones, DVDs and the internet. All of these existed in some form or were
being developed prior to 1987. Most other technology changes that we now use and
take for granted are really just incremental.
What will happen in the next 20 years, as far as technology is
concerned? If you could answer that question, you will be a real prophet. For
our part, we will only nominate a few areas where technology changes are likely
to be significant. The first of these will involve the production and use of
electrical energy. We are bound to become much more efficient in our use of
energy, right across all human activity. The same comment applies to the use of
water. That will apply regardless of whether Australia becomes a lot drier in
the years to come.
As far as video technology is concerned, it seems very likely
that laser projectors will soon become available, as well as 3D TV (demo models
are already in the research labs) and even fancier mobile phones with better
screens, cameras and so on.
We also think that there will be drastic changes in medical
technology in years to come and this will run the gamut of gene technology, DNA
and stem cell technology, all sorts of electronic medical implants, robot
medicine and so on. Sure, there will be lots of improvements in communications,
speeds of computers and the internet, plus massive changes in software to do all
sorts of stuff but really, all of that will be incremental. More than that, we
just don’t know.
As far as SILICON
CHIP is concerned, we are preparing for
the next 20 years. Back in 1987, we had three other direct competitors in the
form of "Electronics Australia", "Electronics Today International" and
"Australian Electronics Monthly" and a host of foreign magazines from Europe and
the USA. All the local competitors have gone and so have most of the
international magazines. Those that are left are generally only a shadow of
their former selves, leaving SILICON
CHIP as one of the very few magazines of
its type in the world. We expect that SILICON CHIP will become even more
select in the future.
With the continuing support of our tens of thousands of readers
and our advertisers, we plan to grow and develop our special capabilities as
a significant electronics publisher. It is bound to be an
interesting and challenging ride.