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.
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.