Spending is a great sign unless it leads to the next capacity bubble. Although it seems to make sense to expand in an upturn, history tends to show that investing in the downturn pays off better in the long run. TSMC invested more in 2009 and 2010 during the downturn.
It occurs to me that with all this competitive landscape changing before our eyes that Sumsung might want to acquire AMD. They do use Intel X86 silicon and plan to continue to do so for some time at least. Besides rolling their own for internal consumption they could also pull in some pretty change from the X86 merchant market.
Interesting to see the negative 18% from TSMC. I wonder if there is any correlation between this chnage and their current 28nm process problems - http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4234961/TSMC-manufacturing-process-in-trouble.
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.