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A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables

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Authors: Mike Demler, Loyd Case and Linley Gwennap

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Understanding the Internet of Many, Many Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword that encompasses a wide range of end products, ranging from industrial control to home automation, from smart utility meters to networked refrigerators, from connected cars to smart watches. Almost any embedded system can be turned into an IoT device by simply adding a wired or wireless Internet connection. This simplicity enables a rapid pace of innovation — some good and some not.

The IoT market is difficult to measure because of its diversity and the lack of clarity as to what exactly IoT means. Many forecasters expect 25 billion or 50 billion or 75 billion IoT devices will be active in 2020, but these vague estimates often include smartphones, PCs, and other existing client devices. We instead examine the IoT market segment by segment to identify specific incremental opportunities. This approach also exposes the price points and technical capabilities that will be required.

Today, many IoT products use standard embedded processors or microcontrollers (MCUs), but the market is still quite nascent. Although industrial devices, such as smart meters, may cost more than $100, consumer devices will require lower prices to enable the expected growth. As the bill-of-materials (BOM) cost, or incremental BOM in the case of an appliance or car, falls below $10, low-cost processors and connectivity chips are required. In many cases, the processor and wireless chips will come from the same supplier or will be integrated onto the same chip. This approach simplifies the system design and reduces cost.

Many chip vendors are already developing or delivering products that combine a processor and a wireless connection. Depending on the target applications, the type of connectivity could be Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, proprietary sub-1GHz protocols, or emerging narrowband cellular protocols such as NB-IoT. “A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables” focuses on this emerging product category of integrated IoT processors.

Unlike typical market research, this report provides technology analysis and head-to-head product comparisons. Which chips will win designs and why? How will these vendors be positioned as the Internet of Things continues to grow? Only The Linley Group’s unique technology analysis can provide this forward-looking view.

We Sort Out the Market and the Products

“A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables” begins with an extensive overview of this complex market, breaking it down into several segments such as industrial, smart meters, home automation, connected appliances, and wearable devices. For each segment, we discuss the processor and connectivity requirements as well as cost and power. We also provide a forecast for each segment, indicating how the IoT is likely to grow.

Following the introductory chapters, the report delivers detailed coverage of integrated IoT processors from Cypress, Dialog, NXP, Marvell, MediaTek, Qorvo, Realtek, Sequans, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. It also covers IoT-focused processors from MicroChip, Ineda, Intel, Samsung, and STMicroelectronics. For each of these vendors, we discuss the company’s strategy for IoT, its relevant products and technologies, and expected future directions. The report includes technical specifications for the relevant announced products and discusses how well they fit their target applications.

The report concludes with a comparison of these products, broken down by application, to highlight which products and vendors are best positioned to succeed in IoT. Finally, we offer our outlook for the leading vendors and for the overall market.

Make Informed Decisions

As the leading vendor of technology analysis for processors, The Linley Group has the expertise to deliver a comprehensive look at the full range of chips designed for a broad range of IoT applications. Principal analyst Linley Gwennap and Senior Analysts Mike Demler and Loyd Case use their experience to deliver the deep technical analysis and strategic information you need to make informed business decisions.

Whether you are looking for the right chip for your IoT application or seeking to partner with or invest in a chip vendor, this report will cut your research time and save you money. Make the intelligent decision, order “A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables” today.

This report is written for:

  • Engineers designing IoT or wearable chips or systems
  • Marketing and engineering staff at companies that sell related chips who need more information on the IoT
  • Technology professionals who wish an introduction to the IoT
  • Financial analysts who desire a hype-free analysis of the IoT market and of which chip suppliers are most likely to succeed
  • Press and public-relations professionals who need to get up to speed on this emerging market

This market is developing rapidly — don't be left behind!

What's New in this Edition

"A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables" has been updated to incorporate new announcements made since the publication of the previous edition.

Here are some of the many changes you will find:

  • Updated information on emerging trends and standards
  • Coverage of new processors from Dialog, MediaTek, Silicon Labs, and Nordic
  • Market growth and market share predictions for the coming years
PRELIMINARY TABLE OF CONTENTS
List of Figures
List of Tables
About the Authors
About the Publisher
Preface
Executive Summary
1 IoT Applications
IoT Infrastructure
Industrial IoT Applications
Consumer IoT
Connected Appliances
Wearable Devices
2 IoT Technologies
CPU Microarchitecture
Instruction Issue
Pipelining and Penalties
Caches
Security Standards
Encryption
Hashing
Multimedia Standards
Video Resolution and Frame Rates
Audio Codecs
Video Codecs
Graphics Standards
GPU-Compute Standards
Vision Computing Standards
Standard Interfaces
SPI and UART
Memory Cards
Audio Interfaces
Displays and Camera Sensors
USB
Cellular Technologies
3G Technologies
4G Technologies
LTE for IoT
Connectivity Technologies
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Wireless Standards
Sensors
Analog Interfaces
Signal Conversion
Other Analog Interfaces
3 IoT Platforms
IoT Implementations
Wearable Implementations
IoT Platforms and Standards
AllSeen Alliance
Apple HomeKit
Amazon IoT
Open Connectivity Foundation
Industrial Internet Consortium
LoRa Alliance
Mbed (ARM)
Microsoft
Sigfox
Thread (Nest)
Icontrol Networks
IEEE P2413
Wearable Software Platforms
Android Wear
Apple WatchKit
Tizen
4 Market Forecast
Industrial IoT Applications
Smart Cities
Consumer IoT
Connected Cars and Appliances
Wearable Devices
Market Forecast
Installed Base
Processor Revenue
Shipments by Wireless Connection
Uncertainties and Reconciliation
5 Cypress
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
6 Intel
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
7 MediaTek
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
IoT Processors
Wearable Processors
Internal Architecture
CPU Subsystem
Graphics and Multimedia Subsystem
System Design
IoT
Wearables
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
8 NXP
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
9 Qualcomm
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
10 Texas Instruments
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
IoT Processors
Wearable Processors
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
11 Other Vendors
Dialog
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Ineda
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Marvell
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Microchip (Atmel)
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Nordic
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Qorvo
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Realtek
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Samsung
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Silicon Labs
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
STMicroelectronics
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
Toshiba
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Conclusions
12 Comparing IoT Processors
How to Read the Tables
Processors for Wi-Fi Devices
Low-Cost Wi-Fi Processors
High-Performance Wi-Fi Processors
Processors For 802.15.4 Devices
Low-End 802.15.4 Processors
High-End 802.15.4 Processors
Processors for Wearables
Entry-Level Wearable Processors
Low-Cost Wearable Processors
High-Performance Wearable Processors
13 Conclusions
Market Overview
Industry Trends
Technology Trends
Vendor Summary
Broadcom
Intel
Marvell
MediaTek
NXP
Other Vendors
Concluding Thoughts
Appendix: Further Reading
Index

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