@Rick: more than consolidating, Infineon sees value in going to verticals within power electronics which would have taken longer to develop in-house and market. GaN-on-Si is now reaching technology maturity, complementing pure Si MOSFETs. Along with SiC devices, all three would make a deep product portfolio in a power devices company.
Si MOSFETs have reached their maturity and are already commotized by the likes of Alpha Omega (AOS). The power electronic industry has been nurturing higher breakdown voltage technologies like SiC and GaN. The latter is a lot complicated story when it comes its various incarnations, of which, Gan-on-Si is the one in power devices to hit market at present.
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.