Welcome to EDN's little questionnaire about your reference design habits. This should just take a minute. All questions are optional, so don't worry if you don't want to or can't answer any.

* 1. What are the essential elements of a reference design?

* 2. Can reference designs be:

* 3. What are your expectations for a reference design?

* 4. How important is good, responsive tech support for the design?

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* 5. What role do reference designs play when choosing a component?

* 6. About what percentage of the time do you use a reference design to get started?

* 7. Which companies' reference designs have you found the most useful?