I agree. People do not want to talk the economy down. Part of the problem is psychological (as well as hard economics). Nobody knows for sure how things will shape up, but the longer things carry on without major troubles, the better. The good news is that there is real investment in new fabs and new semiconductor products. We need more customer spending.
I think they are saying they "hope the semiconductor industry will grow". The global economy is still burdened by many factors and even the best economists are very cautious. I suspect we are seeing the same "cautiously hoping" opinions from the semi industry. Better to seem positive even if there is little proof to support it.
Real objective sources for semi market prediction. What would one expect from semi executives? Here's what they really think: "we haven't a clue what will happen next year. The whole semi business is hanging by a thread and please don't let it collapse on my watch."
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.