Other advantages over their analog predecessors include an ability to coordinate the production of electric current and to shut down when sensing that a rapid change in current might damage components. This synchronized shut-off process is like applying the brakes in a car, suggested Mozulay.
Engineers will also be able to adjust the digital firing generators much more easily than their analog predecessors. "Making changes in the future will mean making changes to the programming, not electronics," said Mozulay. "A new program can be downloaded into the digital signal processors within the firing generators in minutes, thereby allowing fast, accurate updates."
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