As sales of tradtional PCs continue to fall, sales of smartphones and tablets continue to grow rapidly. For the semiconductor industry as a whole, could these two trends actually end up creating a net gain in chip sales? Obviously PCs, especially high-end PCs, generally have higher semiconductor content, but if lower cost smartphones are booming in emerging economies and people are seeing the value of not just having a tablet but multiple tablets in the home, that's going to be a lot of chips.
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.