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By Adarsh Krishnan, Research Director at ABI Research
The promise of IoT and growth in connected devices can be broadly segmented into three categories: Massive IoT, Broadband IoT, and Critical IoT. Massive IoT applications use IoT devices that operate with limited processing power, transport small amounts of sensor data infrequently, and are expected to operate in the field over long periods often with device autonomy of over 10 to 15 years. The vertical applications and use-cases in these IoT segments have distinct application and business requirements that are catered to by an increasingly fragmented technology ecosystem. This presentation will highlight the various service revenue growth opportunities and market complexities across the massive IoT value chain including connectivity networks, data analytics, device and application platforms, and security.
By Mohamed Awad, Vice President, IoT Business, Arm
While the Internet of Things revolution may still be in its early days, there is already one undeniable similarity to the smartphone revolution – the Arm ecosystem is the driving force behind both. To unleash the potential of this incredible opportunity we need to enable the development, deployment, and monetization of IoT devices. To do this the industry needs to evolve technologies to meet market needs, make technology as accessible as possible, and prioritize the developer experience. This talk will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the IoT, exploring how Arm and its partners are removing the barriers to innovation and accelerating deployment towards billions of connected devices that have the power to drive incredible change and impact lives around the world.
By Ron Martino, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Edge Processing, NXP Semiconductors
The next evolution of IoT is human intelligence by proxy. At its core, a contextually aware network of devices will form intelligent spaces that anticipate, adapt and act autonomously and ethically to our preferences and environment. These intelligent spaces must be widely deployable, adaptable and affordable. What are the building blocks that will lead us through this evolution? What role does secure edge computing play? How will this new era of intelligence impact society? Ron Martino, will share insights on this next evolution of the IoT.
By Patrik Gold, Technical Support & Application Manager, Siglent Technologies
The IOT is growing continuously! The Internet is already connected to billions of devices and various studies show that the number of IOT devices will continue to grow exponentially. Around 46 billion IOT devices are expected by the end of 2021. The innumerable data sent creates a huge overhead to be send and the massive energy requirement has to be managed. The trend is therefore back towards decentralization. If the computing tasks are carried out again in the device itself and only the processed data is sent to the cloud, this reduces the amount of data transferred, the latency and increases security. This not only requires more complex and expensive hardware in the "edge" devices, but also presents completely new challenges for the developers of these systems. In this lecture, we will show how the developers can meet these challenges with the help of modern measurement technology.
By Nilam Ruparelia, Segment Leader AI & 5G, Microchip
While IoT is a broad, well discussed concept, actual implementation of internet connectivity on everyday use devices have been fraught with challenges. Nevertheless, interest and demand has been very high for not just internet connected devices (i.e. classic IoT) but also making them smarter using AI. This brief presentation outlines some of the challenges faced by engineers and how they are being addressed by industry leaders like Microchip. Presentation also outlines opportunities to enhance IoT devices, speciallly with machine learning algorithms implemented within the device.
By Radu Trandafir, Manager of Systems and Software Analysis, TechInsights
In this presentation TechInsights will provide a perspective of the latest reverse engineering and analysis techniques for IoT devices in the 5G era. TechInsights performs multi-layered analysis of the latest 5G IoT and other devices, spanning from system-level analysis, software analysis, and process analysis to deep sub-7 nm circuit analysis, to gather independent and objective technology intelligence that will help IoT product manufacturers understand the state-of the-art and make better and faster product decisions.
Moderated by EE Times Editor Nitin Dahad
The IoT has evolved but still has a long way to reach its full potential, due to challenges like fragmentation as well as sheer diversity of markets. Is there some trigger that will ignite the next steps in adoption of IoT and the benefits it brings? This panel will explore what these might be, from addressing deployment considerations, solving immediate fragmentation and interoperability challenges (a tall order), and considering edge vs cloud data processing.
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By Antoine Bonnabel, Technology & Market Analyst, RF Devices and Technology, Yole Développement
5G sees two different approaches in terms of private deployment and IoT connectivity: the use of public frequencies owned by mobile network operators (MNOs) and the use of private frequencies under license acquired by private companies in specific areas. Both approaches allow for deployments of private networks with dedicated infrastructure, one through network slicing and the other through locally deployed private infrastructure. Both now compete with edge computing for truly secure solutions at plant level. We will present the general dynamics of each approach with their industrial chain specifics and expected market at component level.
By Francesco Dantoni, Distinguished Member Technical Staff and Chief Technologist for Wireless Infrastructure, Texas Instruments
By addressing the diverse requirements of IoT, 5G technology can drive the proliferation of connected devices further than previously possible. To meet these challenges, 5G base stations employ beamforming and massive MIMO techniques that require wideband integrated transceiver system-on-chip (SoC) solutions with multiple transmit, receive and feedback channels, which simultaneously help engineers achieve high performance, low power consumption and small form factors in their designs. This talk will introduce the key technology trends, critical system parameters and performance requirements that drive the architecture choices for the integrated transceiver in 5G base stations. The speaker will present the signal chain of a highly flexible RF-sampling integrated transceiver that incorporates multi-GSPS high-performance data converters, enabling it to seamlessly scale across RF bandwidth and simultaneously support wideband and narrowband carriers.
By Tingfang Ji, Senior Director, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies
With the global proliferation of smart technologies and devices in addition to the accelerating global roll-out of 5G, the internet of things (IoT) is ripe for disruption and innovation. Qualcomm Technologies is applying its leadership in 5G, AI and mobile to reimagine how 5G and IoT technologies are implemented. Qualcomm is at the center of the ecosystem, working with thousands of global ecosystem members to enable and accelerate digital transformation globally. In this session Tingfang Ji he will discuss the current state of IoT and how 5G is disrupting the IoT ecosystem. Additionally, the conversation will explore the current state of 5G IoT devices and the 5G innovations that will revolutionize connectivity. The session will also provide an overview into 5G solutions for adjacent industries that will unlock a future filled with fast, powerful, and high-performing 5G IoT solutions across enterprise, industrial and consumer industries.
By Brad Rex, Senior Manager, MCU Product Marketing, Renesas Electronics
Developing a cellular IoT solution today is straightforward. Proper layout along with optimal antenna placement will ensure your IoT device can connect to any cellular network. Plenty of referencess exist to help enable cellular connectivity. The challenge starts when you connect your device to a carrier network. How do you manage your fleet of devices? How do you make sure they connect and get updated properly? How do you deploy globally with different carriers, SIM cards and regulatory requirements? This session will explore some of the benefits of fully certified and tested cellular modules like the Renesas RYZ014A. Paired with an MVNO, certified modules reduce your risk for global certification and interoperability while providing robust capabilities to securely manage and update devices in the field. Utilizing the LTE Cat-M1 band, these devices can be fielded for longer periods of time at a fraction of the cost of higher bandwidth LTE.
By Gordon Barber, Director, Product Management, TE Connectivity
As IoT ecosystems move to support high-density, low latency networks and incorporate various new features, there is a put on antenna system design. The complexities of antenna system design and the availability of more frequency bands afforded by 5G have made choosing an antenna for a smart device that much more challenging. System designs cannot rely on plug-and-play options, but instead require more sophisticated planning and a holistic assessment of all connectivity requirements. In a variety of IoT applications, an antenna will need to be customized and include two to 12 antenna products, all inside a miniscule device, like a mobile phone. These antennas must manage different redundancies and services while working clearly and independently from one another - a physical trick of isolating antennas within a system design.
By Tom Spencer, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Achronix Semiconductor
Worldwide data is forecasted to grow exponentially to 175ZB over the next 4 years with over 30 billion IoT connected devices being a significant contributor to data growth. 5G technology enables this growth by allowing data to move through the network faster and with substantially less latency. Today, new data acceleration architectures based upon GPU, FPGA and ASICs augment traditional CPU-based systems offering higher performance, lower power and flexible processing capabilities for networking and storage workloads. Compared to CPU and GPU based architectures, FPGA and embedded FPGA IP (eFPGA IP)-based systems provide the right blend of speed, low latency and flexibility to address use cases in both the core data center and at the edge of the network. In this presentation you’ll learn how FPGA and eFPGA IP will power the next generation of IoT and 5G applications and how you can immediately benefit from the technology today.
Moderated by EE Times Editor Gina Roos
A lot has been said about how 5G augments and enhances IoT deployments. But how exactly does it do so and in which scenarios? And how does network slicing and virtualization – enabling private networks – support IoT? Are there range and coverage issues that need to be addressed? What is the chip and antenna landscape? Does mmWave 5G have a role in IoT? The panel will look at these topics to explore if the role of 5G in IoT is indeed overhyped, or if it is an essential technology to support growth.
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By Daniel Cooley, CTO, Silicon Labs
Of the four major computing platforms – datacenter, PC, mobile, and embedded – embedded computing is experiencing the most rapid acceleration in Internet connectivity via low power radios, forming the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite being the largest volume market in the world, the IoT is also the least secure and most vulnerable to attack from increasingly sophisticated hackers. In order for the IoT to realize its full potential, we must rethink security from the cloud to the end nodes. Simply put, the IoT will not scale without trust.
By Don Loomis, Vice President for Micros, Security & Software Division at Maxim Integrated
IoT applications optimize processes, while offering real-time monitoring, intelligence and more. This convenience increasingly exposes our lives to cyberspace. Wearable healthcare devices process our private data and make life-saving decisions in often challenging environments. Invaders remotely attack to extract private information from cameras, launch DDoS attacks, ransom people and organizations, and cripple nation-wide infrastructures. Despite numerous existing and proposed security standards, laws and guidelines, attacks are increasing as the growth of IoT has jumped from 1 to 10 billion device connections over the last 10 years. The price is steep - cybercrime will cost the world over $10 trillion annually by 2025. In this talk, we will examine the challenges of securing IoT devices, and explore a significant piece of the puzzle: providing security at the circuit board level, no matter the compliance requirements.
By Itay Sherman, CTO of Powermat Technologies
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By Graham Smith Application & Product Technical Marketing Manager, Infineon
With a growing number of devices connecting to the internet, security must be established between hardware, cloud applications and servers, and finally users and services. PSoC® 64 Secure MCUs integrate the award-winning, ultra-low power PSoC 6 architecture with well-structured open-source IoT platform software to deliver a secure solution that "just works". PSoC 64 Secure MCUs provide a pre-established root-of-trust, isolated processing environments, and secure bootloader which enable secure boot, secure firmware updates, remote attestation, and secure provisioning provided by Arrow's secure programming facilities. Learn how is embedded security being enabled, how can users be assured their networks aren’t hacked, and if they are, how can resilience be built-in?
By Erno Rorive, Director, Low-Code Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software
The increased readiness and adoption of IoT, and the related industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), opens up new opportunities for manufacturers. The potential new initiatives range from improving their plant performance to connecting with their products to offer new value-added services. Some companies are even using the opportunity to move to new revenue models where their products are sold based on usage, performance, or throughput. To achieve this goal, companies need to find ways to take advantage of the data and opportunities generated by the IoT. They need to figure out how to: Connect and communicate with equipment or products, monitor and analyze data and performance and notify and act on the findings. These requirements create the need for many new applications. With low-code application development integrated with IIoT and Industrial Edge, it means people are empowered to build business-critical applications together – with fewer resources and a faster time to market. Gaining value from IoT data requires functionality that is typically not in any existing systems. On the other hand, it often relies on information in those systems. It is the nature of a “digital transformation gap,” and manufacturers are running into many of them.
By Rob McCormick, Director, Sales & Marketing, InnoPhase
IoT markets needed a fundamental breakthrough in energy efficiency for Wi-Fi IoT devices to realize their full potential. And wireless data transfer has historically been a major power consuming portion of connected designs. By using a unique, programmable, digital polar radio architecture, InnoPhase significantly reduced the current consumption for Wi-Fi radios. The platform simplifies and expedites the creation of new battery-based sensor products that are connected directly to the cloud via Wi-Fi. This demonstration shows Wi-Fi connected sensors posting data to AWS and how these sensors can operate 2+ years using standard AA batteries. This capability drives better and more accurate data for cloud processing by untethering the sensor from all wired connections and breaks the misconception that Wi-Fi is too high powered for battery-based applications.
Moderated by EE Times Editor Nitin Dahad
The use case landscape for IoT is extremely diverse. But what we have seen through the pandemic that started in early 2020 is the growth of certain applications. These include health and wellness, such as diagnostics and remote monitoring, as well as factory and industrial automation. The panel will explore some of these uses cases that have proliferated as a result of the pandemic, the learnings from it (such as issues around data processing, privacy and security), and how those learnings are driving what happens next.