Attempting to model power at the system level is going to be quite a daunting task -- but a necessary one. Power modeling at the gate level is now fairly mature, but we still can't say with any accuracy how much power the chip dissipates -- because the answer is always "it depends on the application." In other words, somewhere between the deep sleep mode dissipation and the everything-running-full-blast dissipation.
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.