Ever wondered what it would be like without access to ever increasing means of connection?
Thanks to social networking sites that I am now in touch with my friends who used to exchange bicycles while riding to my fifth grade class.
In the past decade or so, we have come a long way. The social norms have been re-defined with applications such as social networking, M-commerce, E-Commerce, virtual world, remote health monitoring, E-readers, media streaming and storage, etc. All of these are resulting in an explosion in global internet traffic. Cisco forecasts that the annual global IP traffic will reach half a zettabyte in 2012.
The paradigm is shifting to an "all-IP" based network deployment where various advanced physical layer technologies such as FTTx are being deployed to support dynamic services. The devices need seamless connectivity in order to share services, content and network monitoring.
Global warming is necessitating regulations for reducing power consumption of devices.
Let's try to analyze the effects on the ecosystem.
On one side of the spectrum, the entire ecosystem including CE device manufacturers, operators, OEMs, ODMs, service and content providers would like to bank on these new services to increase their respective revenue streams.
On the other side, the devices are converging. A few examples are Smart-phone/navigation/MID, Set Top Boxes/Media Players, Router/Modem/Access Point/Media Gateway, etc. WLAN devices are shifting from stand alone products to an embedded utility in digital homes. Generally, devices are increasingly focusing on design, quality of experience (QoE), and user interfaces where a legacy GUI is not an option. This is because consumers demand touch-screen and motion to make their lives simpler and effective. This trend is as true in consumer vertical as it is in industrial, automotive and networking vertical markets.
From an operator standpoint, they need to provide better infrastructure and support for new applications and services. One of their challenges is to keep the costs to an optimal level without requesting subscribers an arm and a leg for service offerings. I did mention this in my white-paper. All of these are leading to an increase in remote configuration, monitoring and setup of devices which provides the option for quick device provisioning and also handle support issues remotely. One of the most interesting technologies around this is the Machine to Machine (M2M). I'll share my musings on M2M in a separate post later.
In order to keep up the pace with the network back-haul, semiconductor companies are rolling out multi-core chips which help with
hardware offload engines for providing an efficient mechanism to
support IP, NAT, cryptographic, content inspection, IPsec, etc protocols. There are various multi-core options available for device manufacturers which are described in this white-paper.
There are a plethora of technologies that need to be defined, optimized, deployed and used. The key is in finding the right solution to meet the time to market. Agree?