IoT or Internet of Things is a vast area to cover. With manufacturers pushing out new concepts for IoT, the race for it is on. The latest competitor in the age of IoT is none other than SoC manufacturer Qualcomm. The company hopes that its new breakthroughs in the technology will help power devices such as wearables, automobiles and even appliances.
According to Derek Aberle, President of Qualcomm, the company aims to have its SoCs in at least five billion devices by 2018. Even though five billion non-smartphone devices within the span of three years sounds ambitious, Aberle is quite optimistic that they can reach it. The reason, he says, is simply that Qualcomm has been round this space longer than any of its competitors.
In order to power 5 billion devices, Qualcomm also revealed two WiFi chips which will help power a range of sensor-enabled devices in houses in the future. The QCA401x, Qualcomm’s new flagship chip, will power light bulbs, smart TVs, and cameras while the QCA4531, which is a Linux-based wifi chip, will be used as a hub to connect devices such as media servers and appliances.
Even though Qualcomm say that they have been in the industry the longest, they face some very stiff competition from the likes of Intel, IBM and even Zuckerberg’s Facebook. They all have their own IoT initiatives to have a world of connected devices. Even Samsung joined the fray, announcing two new processors which they hope will strengthen their role in connected homes and other sensor-enabled devices.
Qualcomm also has its AllPlay Smart Media Platform. This is a platform used to connect speakers and music streaming services. AllPlay’s platform now also supports bluetooth to wifi re-streaming on certain devices. Adding this to a platform essentially enables users to stream audio from their smartphones to multiple speakers at once, despite them being from different manufacturers. All you need is a single bluetooth-enabled AllPlay Speaker.
Hitachi, ASUSTeK, Vestel and Magnat will begin support for AllPlay’s platform this year.