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.
The worldwide semiconductor market is vast; it continues its cyclical growth pattern and constantly evolves due to dynamic markets and merger and acquisition strategies. The market is served by a diverse range of suppliers, with the top 20 including large semiconductor-focused suppliers such as Intel, Texas Instruments, and STMicroelectronics; OEMs with large semiconductor portfolios such as Samsung, Toshiba, and Sony; and a whole range of small to mid-sized semiconductor suppliers largely focused on specific market verticals such as Qualcomm, Broadcom, Nvidia, MediaTek, and Marvell. Each region has its successful companies, but this is very much a global market.