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.
To many, RFID is a term that should be applied narrowly to define a low-cost license plate tag technology for identification and little else. This kind of technology is targeted at high-volume, low-cost tag applications, such as supply chain tagging of retail goods. But clearly, in its broadest terms, RFID really encompasses anything that identifies itself as uniquely using radio frequency communication – including Bluetooth. Will a short range wireless technology that’s to be specified for the first time later this year expand the definition of RFID even further?