It is great to see the advancements in FPGA technology continue as represented by this announcement by Xilinx. This new 20 nm product family by Xilinx moves the needle even further where more design projects will choose FPGAs as the target platform than ASICs. It is great to have these choices and such a vibrant FPGA industry.
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.