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.
Ultra Wideband (UWB) has had a long and troubled road to minimal market acceptance. Standardization battles, lengthy first generation roll-out schedules, and drastically under-achieving, over-hyping product solutions have created a permanent dark cloud over the whole industry. And now, as second generation products actually start to deliver on some of the early market possibilities - on the cusp of measureable market penetration, albeit small - the UWB market is starting to crumble and the vendor shakeout has begun. The process started simply enough, with one company filing for bankruptcy, but within the span of six weeks, the early market leader has closed its doors, the largest market vendor has ceased all UWB efforts, and one of the very few UWB software suppliers sold off its UWB business unit. The market changes are coming fast and furious and justifiably so as the market took entirely too long to find its market identity. Let’s look at the timeline.