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.
Remember in the movie classic “The Graduate” when a family friend whispers the road to riches to a very young Dustin Hoffman. In the 1960s the word was “plastics.” Today, the same family friend, assuming he was in the technology business, might whisper “video.” It is not coincidental that John Chambers made a major change to his annual meeting with analysts by filling the stage with two large screens and focusing on video as a key component of communications. Of course, Chambers sees Telepresence and the video it generates as a major new source of internet traffic that in turn will result in the sales of more Cisco routers and switches. Telepresence is not the only growing source of increased video, however. In this ABI Insight, we’ll look at the impact of video on every portion of the wire line and wireless vendor ecosystem supplying enterprise and consumer markets.