No doubt Qualcomm is a model for other companies in the era of mobile devices. The key to their success appears to be their 20% investment of sales in R&D. Acquisitions are nice and they've certainly done well in that department, but being able to invest in one's own research and development, especially in a fast-moving environment, is essential.
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.