Many of the bigger memory players such as Samsung, Hynix, and Micron can trade off DRAM for flash production since the tool set needed to produce both is nearly identical. Last year DRAM margins were better so these companies switched more manufacturing capacity there. Now it sounds like flash is heating up a bit more, so these same companies could switch capacity over to flash, but of course then DRAM would suffer.
All in all it sounds like a very good year for the big memory 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.