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.
Much has already been written about the implications of the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google that was announced on August 15, 2011. Nevertheless, apart from a good article on CNN.com, there has not been much discussion of the ramifications of the acquisition for the home automation market. Google had earlier announced its Android@Home initiative on May 9, 2011. Likewise, Motorola Mobility had acquired home automation platform specialist 4Home in December 2010. ABI Research believes the acquisition provides a unique opportunity for Google to differentiate itself in the home automation market.