As long as Samsung builds fabs like there's no tomorrow, and no one else is able to match them, it becomes a question of time before Samsung has a near monopoly. There is one company that is capable of matching Samsung fab-for-fab, or exceed them, but it's too busy buying virus software companies and paying out dividends and doing stock buy backs. If Intel were to do something like merge with Micron, and get into the business of building fabs and becoming the #1 semiconductor company, and not just the #1 microprocessor company, Intel could probably beat Samsung and all other challengers. However, Intel doesn't seem to have the stomach for the fight.
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.