No doubt that the number of solutions has to be reduced in the IoT universe, but there will still be a need for a flexible technology that will be able to address different standards, or at least one standard which requires flexibility. Dedicated hard wired solutions for modem signal processing won't offer this flexibility, and there is space for new IP providers who could be the equivalent of ARM in embedded DSP, like Simpulse (www.simpulse.fr). They offer a flexible and scalable coprocessor that can be programmed at a Matlab-like language level. This kind of solution will definitely be a key feature for future machine-to-machine communication.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.