If Moore's Law comes to an end this decade, we might see engineers think of smarter ways to make devices smaller and smarter, perhaps maximising the computational power of existing chips. The electronics might hit a snag, but I think it gives lesser advanced societies time to catch up while we think of ways to innovate again.
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Using depreciated Fab is so appealing when the price of new fab is becoming redicuously high so this trend will continue. Now regarding analog stand alone vendors I think there is room for growth in the future especially in the smart grid, solar convertors, electric and hybrid cars etc.
Analog chips for RF and PMU paired with ditigal ICs on handheld devices is actually diminishing with SOC initiatives even though the market for these devices is skyrocketing, in fact because they are skyrocketing. As such I would argue the analog pure-play vendors are in danger of losing their shirt. As for Moore's Law, 3D and using already depreciated older fabs, all valid points until you need 32 cores.
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.