We do not think of John Cahn as a semiconductor pioneer, but according to NIST (which he joined back in 1977 when it was still the National Bureau of Standards) the typical smartphone contains 100 different materials, half of which were enabled by Cahn's work on metal alloys, quasicrystals and similar advanced materials.
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.