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.
There have been a number of developments in the NFC market of late. The common perception is that NFC is stuck in the starting gate. While it’s true that MNOs have yet to mass order NFC handsets or roll out NFC applications, many MNOs around the world are continuing to develop their understanding of the technology as well as the partnerships that will help launch services in volume. But in addition, many entrepreneurial companies are also exploring ways for the technology to come to market quickly and bypass issues that have forced operators to be cautious. So what does the near-term future look like for NFC?