In the past, Nvidia defended itself saying Qcomm did not get significant performance benefits from the work of doing a custom core design (less than a 15% boost they claimed). They also argued ARM is putting out so many cores and interconnects so fast these days there's no real time to market advantage doing it yourself either.
Applied Micro may find the latter point is true by the time it gets out its 64-bit server SoCs.
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.