Is it a trend for equipment vendor to own its IC technology? As an engineer, I appreciate such move and believe this can help the equipment designer/manufacturer to stay innovative and be able to compete with stronger ability. However, managing the two type of companies may be totally another story. It may be tough for people at higher level (product) to understand what is going on at lower level (IC).
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.