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.
Attendance at Interop 2008 in Las Vegas was up according the show’s sponsors, but vendors complained they saw fewer people on the floor. Still, the economy probably self-qualified attendees since vendors revealed a higher buying interest among those visiting booths. The general feeling at the show was a certain excitement and anticipation over 802.11n sales in 2008. The unspoken prayer on many lips was that 2008 would be the year when enterprise WLAN equipment sales would finally take off. Three major trends emerged from this year’s show: green is in, 802.11n is the future, and where you work is who you are.