Silicon Labs is one of the few semiconductor makers I know who actually expanded during the recession. SiLabs expanded their product portfolio through acquisitions as well as by agressive technological R&D, such as their fractional multipliers and online customization tools. By growing their timing chip portfolio during the recession, now it is positioned to take the most advantage of a return to the current period of more normal growth.
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.