Scotten nailed it. The nm rating has become meaningless, like GHz on CPUs in the Pentium era. Time to rethink what is important, not just track the marketing spin of the chip companies. This is analysis, not marketing, right?
In DRAM the size of the bit cell is the bottom line. It is interesting to know they nearly halved the size of the bit cell by tweaking all the margins and barely reducing the feature width. This tells us two things: it really should be a more cost effective chip, and Wow they are struggling to make DRAM smaller in any fundamental way.
It will be interesting to see what the 8Gb chip looks like. Bigger die maybe? Maybe improve the ratio of the chip area which is used for memory cells?
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.