Wafer inspection, metrology and the other smart functions performed by KLA-Tencor's new tool have their own advantages, as enumerated in my story, but one thing I forgot to mention, is the clean-room floor space that is saved, since all these different functions--and the abiilty to process two batches simultaneously--usually requries separate tools that obviously take up more of the valuable space in the clearroom.
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.