Cellular IoT module revenue sees 8% quarterly rise but small YoY drop, says Counterpoint

Worldwide cellular IoT module revenue increased by 8% over the most recent quarter - but saw a small year on year decline for Q3 2020, according to Counterpoint Research.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm's Global Cellular IoT Module and Chipset Tracker, noted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the market. All regions, apart from the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Latin America and South Korea saw an increase in revenue.

Of the separate segments, NB-IoT...

The story of semiconductors in 2020: Why initial gloom gave way to optimism

When the coronavirus pandemic hit worldwide back in the spring, market research and analysis on the global semiconductor industry had a more than downbeat flavour to it. But now, the mood appears to have shifted.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), at the beginning of March, noted worldwide sales for the month of January 2020 were 0.3% down from 12 months previously. Gartner had noted in its preliminary results, issued in January, that worldwide semiconductor revenue had...

Berg Insight affirms hyperscaler influence on IoT platform space – but room for innovation remains

The hyperscale cloud providers - Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud, and one or two others depending on your definition - have their fingers in many technological pies. Internet of Things (IoT) application platforms are no different, as a new note from Berg Insight explains.

The analyst firm has argued the global market for IoT device management and application enablement platforms hit $2 billion in 2019. The overall market 'is in a...

How Switzerland is continuing its innovation heritage in the field of IoT

The most recent Global Innovation Index (GII), released in September, was a report which in the main urged caution. As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption around the globe, Francis Gurry, CEO of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the report arbiter, noted the coronavirus 'requires fresh thinking to ensure a shared victory.'

While some aspects of the report were new, others remained the same. Switzerland's place at the top of the list should not come as a...

Q&A: Michelle James, CTIA: On best practice for smart cities and the impact of Covid-19

If you take a look at any news site whose coverage focuses on smart cities - of which IoT News' is a very good example - then you will see many different areas under the microscope, from transportation and driverless cars, to smart buildings, to robotics. Central to making this work, therefore, is a viable plan - and the wireless communications trade association CTIA feels as though it has one.

The association has a smart cities playbook (pdf), which in its own words helps bring...

How industries can take an IoT-enabled approach to contact tracing

In the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, countries around the globe have comparatively few weapons at their disposal. In the absence of a vaccine, mandating social distancing and correct hygiene is one tool, while the other is accurate tracking and tracing positive cases.

While the US has guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the UK at least, the official contact tracing app has been beset by problems.

For businesses looking to...

Ben Wald, founder, Very: On why IoT projects are the hardest to launch

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been extraordinary in terms of implementing remote working policies on companies. But some have fared better than others.

Ben Wald, founder of IoT development firm Very, is no ordinary executive. Throughout his career Wald has striven to use tech to make a positive social change, although noting that 'aligning social impact with capitalism is never an easy marriage.' This manifests itself in the company's core values. Transparency is taken...

Atmosic and SMK Electronics team up to make IoT device batteries last ‘forever’

California-based Atmosic Technologies and Japanese components producer SMK Electronics have announced a strategic partnership to attempt to enable 'forever battery life'.

The initiative will integrate Atmosic's M3 system-on-chip (SoC) into a range of connected devices from SMK.

Atmosic's M3 solutions are based on the Bluetooth 5 standard, with various technologies in place to aim to ensure lower and longer power. These are Lowest Power Radio, On-Demand Wakeup, and...

Eurotech: On edge computing trends, the future of Industry 4.0, and bringing it all together

Edge computing, seen by many industry pundits and analysts as a key piece of the jigsaw in enabling technological convergence, is at a tipping point today. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan, by 2022 90% of industrial enterprises will be utilising edge computing.

Many technology vendors are therefore advocating edge's potential - but others have been exploring this frontier for much longer. Eurotech, a provider of embedded boards and modules, edge computers and IoT...

MediaTek claims industry first with successful NB-IoT satellite connection

Taiwanese semiconductor provider MediaTek has claimed an industry first with a public test of an NB-IoT device to an Inmarsat satellite 35,000 kilometres above the equator.

A bi-directional link was established from MediaTel's satellite-enabled standard NB-IoT device to a commercial GEO satellite. The test was conducted with a base station at the Fucino Space Center in Italy, and developed by Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry.

The test, which MediaTek said was...