Ore.—Freescale Semiconductor Inc. revealed its vision of the future of
semiconductor technology at the Freescale Technology Forum Tuesday (June 22),
where CEO Richard Beyer predicted that the recession will continue to fade by
virtue of the commercial success of what he called "connected intelligence."
"Just as the PC industry helped pull us out of the recession of the 1980s,
today the era of 'connected intelligence' will continue to help pull us out of
the current recession, including, of course, smartphones but also wireless
devices of all types, both mobile and automotive," said Beyer.
According to Beyer,
new capabilities in device-to-device and device-to-infrastructure connectivity
are offering new types of services and entertainment that add up to connected
intelligence, which he claimed will continue to help pull the world out of the
Freescale's Power QuIC processors are already deployed in "virtually every
wireless basestation today," Beyer said, enabling a wider variety of Internet
and cloud based services which Beyer said is the future of mobile wireless
computing. But the wireless user devices themselves are the main driver of
"By 2014, more people will access the web with mobile devices than with
traditional PCs," said Beyer. "And the wireless device capabilities that were
previously performed on individual devices, are now converging on single
devices, such as smartphones."
Beyer, however, also acknowledged that some single-use devices are better off
left single-use, such as eReaders. However, even there, improvements in
performance are allowing more realistic book like features, such as animations
that show pages turning, like a real book, rather than just popping-up like a
web page, he said.
Beyer predicted that converged smart mobile devices such as netbooks,
smartbooks and touchscreen tablets—with battery lifetimes matching or exceeding
today's smartphones—will become the Internet browsing device -of-choice, over
conventional computers, for future generations.
With Freescale's recent announcements of three complementary microcontroller
enable open system platforms to effectively compete against proprietary
solutions, such as the Linux-derived Android OS which has begun to outsell
popular proprietary solutions (such as Apple's iPhone OS).
Other aspects of connected intelligence driving the receding recession,
according to Beyer, include automotive electronics, medical electronics and