With their dominance of the PC processor market, I'm certain that Intel is aware of how much recent growth and profit was organic, which was part of the (slow) recovery, and which came from a pent-up PC upgrade cycle (backlog due to the Great Recession) and/or Windows 7 upgrades.
At times like these, it does seem like the semiconductor business is an unstable feedback system in which the oscillations increase in amplitude without bound, until something breaks.
But economic predictions are tricky, as you pointed out in regards to all those analysts who blew it on forecasting Intel's Q2. I think we will all agree that the electronics industry needs to stop these destructive cycles, but how? The problem extends far beyond our industry and includes macroeconomic factors that are beyond the control of individual companies.
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.