Market forecasts predict an optimistic future for the Internet of Things (IoT) market; Forbes predicts that it will double to $520B in 2021, and other sources estimate the market will be as high as $6.5 Trillion by 2024. By 2020, there will be 8 billion connected objects in the world, and IoT devices are transforming the way we live whilst creating tremendous opportunities for everyone from established hi-tech juggernauts to start-up entrepreneurs.

The explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is leading virtually every industry incorporating connected technologies to ensure it’s ready to move toward an automated society. Everything is becoming connected and interactive, and more data about us is transmitted across networks and saved in the cloud, as our daily lives continue to evolve alongside technology including homes, cars, wearables, healthcare devices, cities, and utilities.

IoT is arguably the strongest semiconductor industry driver since the emergence of the smartphone in 2007, with annual growth of the number of “things” increasing by 25% every year since 2013. Network requirements of the IoT demand communication technologies that offer long-range connectivity, low power consumption, and affordable expansion; and, in that, distinct trends have begun to emerge in IoT device design.

Early IoT products were built using multiple chips to solve for computing, memory, and transmission functions, and now we see the emergence of System on Chips (SoCs) employed by companies like Nordic, MediaTek, Dialog, STMicroelectronics, Qualcomm, etc. Combining multiple systems on a single chip gives the manufacturers a greater ability to control component interactions and allows IoT products to become smaller and more efficient.

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