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 2015, ABI Research set out to highlight those companies that were less known than the incumbents but were also young, innovative, and looked set to transform the technological landscape in the near future. We now take a look at how those companies fared over the last year, and it is fair to say that the results are mixed.
There is no doubt that the pace of innovation increased significantly over the last 12 months and that we are currently experiencing a major transformative period for technology markets. These two forces had a significant effect upon the companies featured in the 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report. Some saw their progress accelerate. Some struggled to come to terms as erstwhile key differentiations either became mitigated by competitive entry or a rapidly shifting market with a new set of priorities.