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The Internet of Everything: Smart Gateways

The Internet of Things market has taken off spectacularly in a short space of time. 

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The Internet of Everything: Smart Lighting

The Internet of Things market has taken off spectacularly in a short space of time. 

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The Internet of Everything: Smart Meters

The Internet of Things market has taken off spectacularly in a short space of time. 

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The Internet of Things: Smart Infrastructure

The Internet of Things market has taken off spectacularly in a short space of time. 

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The Smart Economy: The Internet of Everything

The Internet of Things market has taken off spectacularly in a short space of time. Most of the advancements have to do with the semiconductor industry and how drastically prices have been cut for bandwidth, processing power, and sensors.  On the end market side, IoT owes its life to the smartphone market, and how smartphones have become a personal gateway for the majority of people on the planet.  And to ensure those phones can connect to the cloud, Wi-Fi access has become ubiquitous and inexpensive.  Lastly, IPv6 is live, enabling 3.4 x 10^38 addresses, meaning everything can have its own

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By 2018 Analog Market Will Ship 130B Units, Says Semico Research

The shift to mobile has given a huge boost to the analog market.  Interfacing with the real world via cameras, touch, gesture controls, audio and video applications all require analog functionality.  In addition, power management ICs are critical to the success of these devices.  These growing applications have added significant volumes to analog unit sales. 

Freescale Acquires Zenverge, Addresses the Video Internet of Things

On December 2, 2014 Freescale announced it had acquired Zenverge, a fabless chip vendor of advanced HD content processing.

Zenverge has transcoding technology that enables one media stream to be converted into multiple streams with different formats. This is optimized for specific internet connected devices or platforms.
Freescale has several technologies for IoT covering a broad range of applications in consumer, automotive, industrial and wearables. What has not been addressed is how the visual experience will play in IoT.

Zenverge’s technology offers a very efficient encoding and decoding scheme which offers fast response, reduced amount of memory required and power savings.  Additionally, Zenverge has proprietary security for sharing HD video content and other rich digital content.  The company has proprietary encryption/decryption technology and watermarking of data. Thus, it can validate the user, validate the data in another location and maintain this validation throughout the delivery system.

Graphene is a Promising Future Material for 3D Printing, Says Semico Research

Semiconductors Bring Security Muscle to IoT

Connectivity and interoperability are key elements for the IoT. The goal is to generate data from many end nodes in products and devices. These are physical objects with unique IP addresses. Consumers want products and services that will enhance and improve their lifestyles. The forecast for the number of connected devices is expected to reach 36 billion units by 2020.

Are We Going to Kiss our Cables Goodbye?

Keyssa recently announced a new wireless technology:  Kiss Connectivity.  Kiss is a point-to-point technology (as in one centimeter apart) that enables devices to transfer or stream data at 6Gb/sec, which is faster than USB 3.0 5Gb/sec speed.  Keyssa promises the transfer of entire movies in seconds.  Picture NFC on some serious steroids and you’ve got it.  The table below shows where Kiss sits on the speed spectrum compared to some other popular connectivity technologies.

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Some big names in the electronics industries are behind this company.  The Chairman of the Board of Keyssa is Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell.  Keyssa is backed by Intel and Samsung, among other companies. 

If Kiss takes off, it will squash TransferJet’s chances of making much of a splash in the market; it has been struggling to make headway already.  Depending on how much it costs, and the security level it brings, it may make a dent in NFC’s market as well, but NFC is really suited for enabling things like smart cards, tickets, and hotel keys where small bits of data is being transferred, so the overlap there is not as great.  Pricing has not been announced yet for Kiss.

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