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.
Cisco was remarkably quiet at the recent Interop Las Vegas 2008; maybe that should have been disquieting to its major competitors. Nimble and much smaller competitors have been arguing that the mighty Cisco Wi-Fi empire – with its centralized control – has become a dinosaur whose controllers are the choke-point that will strangle under the onslaught of the 300 Mbps flow of 802.11n packets. Aruba, Trapeze, Bluesocket, and Colubris now all offer hybrid architectures designed to offload traffic from their controllers. And, Meru now offers a massive controller specifically designed to handle 802.11n traffic. Well, the Empire just responded in a very big way.