This all makes me chuckle. I simply don't understand why the move in consumer electronics is toward cables that are incredibly small and, more importantly, incredibly lossy at high frequencies compared to garden-variety coaxial cable. Does a consumer make a buying decision based on a 0.1" diameter cable as opposed to a 0.24" diameter one? We're not connecting micro-sized equipment together here! I think high-speed ethernet over coax is the most sensible idea I've heard in a long time. Anyone can make custom cables with existing, easy-to-use tools. I'm starting to believe that what HDMI is really about is the "hidden policeman" that's a little-talked about but extremely trouble-prone "feature" of the dastardly scheme! So, now we get micro-miniaturized, highly lossy twisted pairs and we're saddled with repeater amplifiers if we want to use reasonable lengths of it. Baah, humbug!!
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.