The telecommunications industry is now entering an exciting phase of development many refer to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), including Internet of Humans (IoH), Internet of Digital (IoD), and Internet of Sensors (IoS). The objective here is to bring more “smartness” to the way humans and machines communicate. In order for this vision to materialize, enabling technologies must be harmonized under a common paradigm so they can enable seamless experiences across various verticals. There are five key technologies upon which the IoE world is built, namely sensor networks, connectivity, processing, software platforms, actuation technologies, and big data and machine learning. Based on these building blocks, the Semiconductors sector looks at the strategic technology deployment across various verticals with unparalled technology granularity covering all WLAN and WWAN technologies and technology combinations, processing platforms including CPUs, MCUs, MPUs, DSPs, ISPs, heterogeneous computing, high performance computing, key sensor technologies, and sensor fusions targeting various use cases from motion sensing, environment sensing, optical, and image sensing, to acoustic sensing and biometric sensing.
While a few intrepid miners made a fortune during the California gold rush, it was the motley collection of storekeepers that made the real money by supplying the shovels, pick axes, and even Levi's jeans to the miners. In much the same way, the business model for Wi-Fi hotspots is changing dramatically, particularly in the consumer marketplace. No longer is the real money in end-user hotspot charges; it is in the equipment required to deploy hotspots and in the sophisticated back office operations required to manage and bill for such services.