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.
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.