"Unlike ARM, Intel has no synthesizeable version of its x86 core, preferring the performance of a fixed core..." - But Intel's Atom core is synthesizable?!? Check this out: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1508128.1508160/ (72 downloads in last 6 months and I am one of the 72). Usually when you get into SoC business, making synthesizable chip is more meaningful as vendor may want to add their own homemade cookies to it.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.