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.
In December 2009 Bluetooth SIG announced the adoption of Bluetooth Low Energy, the heart of the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification. Low-power consumption, the ability to run for years on standard coin-cell batteries, its low cost, and its multi-vendor interoperability make it a great platform for the innovation of short-range wireless technology while providing alternative options to proprietary radio solutions. Innovation and creativity are, in fact, key components for Bluetooth 4.0. Due, in addition, to its extended flexibility, it makes many new-use case scenarios possible. Bluetooth SIG is eager to create incentives for companies to innovate on this new platform.