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.
Over the past few years, several vendors have risen up to battle Cisco on the wired LAN front and now many of them (Cabletron, Bay Networks, Lucent) are distant memories. Other foes have either over-extended themselves and have had to cut back (Nortel and 3Com come to mind) or have become largely irrelevant as Cisco has caught up with their technological edge (Extreme Networks and Foundry). Today in the networking space Cisco’s dominant position reminds one of Cassius’ snide reference to Caesar as the “colossus that bestrides the world in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”