“The Internet-of-Things is no longer an imaginary concept. Hardware-software integration will facilitate comprehensive solutions in many industries,” ARM CEO Simon Segars stated in his keynote speech during Computex Taipei 2016 last week.
Segars's statements were endorsed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) R&D Vice President Cliff Hou, who recognized the importance of IoT-to-technology integration and development.
He was also joined by Qualcomm GM of Connectivity Rahul Patel and Siemens Taiwan president Erdal Elver during the CRX Conference titled “Building Partnerships in Internet Computing Ecosystems.”
ARM sees the global smartphone market growing six percent annually until 2020 thanks to demand for mid-range mobile devices. ARM currently focuses on chip design and generates royalties when companies adopt its architecture. That can include parts of the chip that perform specific functions, such as communications, or the whole semiconductor itself.
“The opportunities are infinite,” Segar said, adding that Taiwan's ICT industry can play a big part in the world's burgeoning IoT market.
The ARM executive also pointed out that the island's semiconductor players, including TSMC, UMC and MediaTek have long been ARM's supply partners in mobile chipsets, stressing that his company is looking to expand its collaboration to further include Advantech and Delta Electronics into its contract partnership ecosystem.
As the IoT continues to further expand into more application areas, formulating a unified communication standard is a must-to-do step in order to secure a sustainable ecosystem that benefits all IoT players in the field, Patel said.
“Qualcomm will look to expand core smartphone technology that extends from software technology to encompass the development of chipsets, panels, and so forth.”