The oft mentioned and abundantly ballyhooed Internet of Things (IoT to you TLA* aficionados) is not much more than what we used to call wired and wireless connected embedded devices, right?
IoT is often referred to as “The Next Big Thing.” It allows an infinitude of applications and products to operate around and take advantage of the established Internet infrastructure. Everyone wants a piece of it – software creators, infrastructure operators, hardware manufacturers.
As a result, two of the biggest challenges to the success of the IoT are security and interoperability: Security, so that everyone can be confident that their medical, financial, and other sensitive information is partitionable and only available to those they approve to see only the bits of information they are approved to see; and Interoperability, so that devices that people want to have playing nicely together can do so.
Central to meeting these two challenges are the devices involved: sensors, micros, memories, and ultra-low-power connectivity; which are required for all of the ‘Things’ in the IoT to recognize each other.
And the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, so just like the network of receptors, muscles, and nerves in the body sending and receiving information from the brain, accelerometers, gyroscopes, digital compasses, inertial modules, pressure sensors, humidity sensors, microphones, and other sensors must work with microcontrollers and other sensors in the Internet of Things along both wired or wireless communication routes.
ST is one of the few companies in the world capable of, and proven to, supply all of the products and technologies to cover all IoT scenarios.
- Sensors that can monitor motion, the environment, and sound;
- Low-power 32-bit microcontrollers to analyze data and make decisions;
- A range of application processors with a strong software ecosystem for gateways;
- Wired and wireless communications technologies for connectivity;
- Ultra-efficient power conversion, monitoring, and control technologies; and
- System solutions and the ability to deliver complex systems-on-chips (SoCs).
But don’t take my, admittedly biased, word for it. If you’re attending EE Live!, come talk to our engineers about sensors, micros, communications, and the IoT, and attend our free technical seminars at the ST-Mouser Theater at the STMicroelectronics’ booth (#1318). Or, if you are the stay-at-the-desk type, visit our website: www.st.com. Either way, we’ll help you get on the IoT bandwagon.
* TLA = Three-Letter Acronym