FYI: Today, 21 SEP 2009, Arrow Electronics and Altera Corporation announced the BeMicro evaluation board for carrying out proof-of-concept tests of using soft-core processors in embedded, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)-based designs.
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.