Freescale Semiconductor has started with the 9th edition of its annual technology summit, the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) at Bengaluru. This year the summit focuses on Internet of Things (IoT). This time the company has showcased 60 new innovative demos and a range of futuristic devices on Internet of things (IoT) at IoT Wall. The idea behind the IoT wall is to showcase the things which will make the future SMART. This was a two day event and it witnessed participation from Freescale’s customers, eco-system partners, academia and employees.
Speaking at the event, Tom Deitrich, SVP & GM, Digital Networking, Freescale said “Internet of Things (IoT) is the evolution of decades of embedded processing solutions that have been improving the performance and adding intelligence to electronic devices around us. In 2010, the number of connected devices to the Internet exceeded the global population. By 2020, it is predicted, by multiple sources, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. As this growth trend accelerates, some are pointing to 1 trillion devices by 2025. As electronic applications evolve to address IoT, solutions need to be smaller, faster, more energy efficient and secure. Not only the semiconductor solutions need to be easier to use but software, development systems and an ecosystem support are critical for getting product to market quickly.”
The major highlight of the event was the innovative concept of IoT wall. It explained that how the futuristic devices will make everything around us SMART. The wall revealed smart devices like Smart Watch, Wearable Camera, Fitness Watch, Heart Beat Meter, Posture Monitor Waist Band, Dog Tracker, IoT Gateway and many others. Through the FTF event the company aims to highlight the latest innovations and futuristic trend along with new opportunities. As part of the two days long event the company provided the participants with 77 hours of training in the domain of Automotive, Networking, Consumer, Healthcare, Industrial, Smart Energy, Software and Design Services.
Commenting on the IoT showcase, James Bates, SVP, & GM, Analog & Sensors, Freescale said, ‘’One promise of IoT is that the connected electronic devices will sense and monitor our environment, consult information acquired from the cloud and respond with appropriate physical action to enhance our convenience or safety or both. Today personal medical devices and telehealth applications connected to IoT offer tremendous potential for monitoring our aging population and improving our overall quality of life. In fact, the inspiration for our ant-sized Kinetis microcontroller K2 launched earlier this year was from a customer request where they were asking for help in creating a wireless device small enough to be easily swallowed and cost-effective enough to be considered ‘digestible’, pinpointing problems and eliminating exploratory surgery”.
Freeascale also revealed the winners of the Freescale Kinetis L Series MCU Design Challenge. Saravana Pandian Annamalai won the first prize (Rs 100,000) with a prototype on Smart Home with IoT, Kaustubh Digambar Tapke won the second prize (Rs 75,000) with his prototype on solar powered autonomous micro patrol boat for sea surface inspection, while Ashok R won the third prize (Rs 50,000) with his prototype on Sketch Drive Car.