Six important emerging markets—video/vision, ADAS/autonomous vehicles, Industrial Internet of things, 5G wireless, SDN/NFV and cloud computing—will soonmerge into an omni-interconnected network of networks that will have a far-reaching impact on the world we live in. This convergence of intelligent systems will enrich our lives with smart products that are manufactured in smart factories and driven to us safely in smart vehicles on the streets of smart cities—all interconnected by smart wired and wireless networks deploying services from the cloud.
Xilinx Inc.’s varied and brilliant customer base is leveraging Xilinx All Programmable devices and software-defined solutions to make these new markets and their convergence a reality. Let’s examine each of these emerging markets and take a look at how they are coming together to enrich our world. Then we’ll take a closer look at how customers are leveraging Xilinx devices and software-defined solutions to create smarter, connected and differentiated systems that in these emerging markets to shape a brilliant future for us all.
IT STARTS WITH VISION: Vision systems are everywhere in today’s society. You can find cameras with video capabilities in an ever-growing number of electronic systems, from the cheapest mobile phones to the most advanced surgical robots to military and commercial drones and unmanned spacecraft exploring the universe. In concert, the supporting communications and storage infrastructure is quickly shifting gears from a focus on moving voice and data to an obsession with fast video transfer.
ADAS’ DRIVE TO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: If you own or have ridden in an automobile built in the last decade, chances are you have already experienced the value of ADAS technology. Indeed, perhaps some of you wouldn’t be here to read this article if ADAS hadn’t advanced so rapidly. The aim of ADAS is to make drivers more aware of their surroundings and thus better, safer drivers.
IIOT’S EVOLUTION TO THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: The term Internet of Things has received much hype and sensationalism over the last 20 years—so much so that to many, “IoT” conjures up images of a smart refrigerator that notifies you when your milk supply is getting low and the wearable device that receives the “low-milk” notification from your fridge while also fielding texts, tracking your heart rate and telling time. These are all nice-to-have, convenience technologies. But to a growing number of people, IoT means a great deal more. In the last couple of years, the industry has divided IoT into two segments: consumer IoT for convenience technologies (such as nifty wearables and smart refrigerators), and Industrial IoT (IIoT), a burgeoning market opportunity addressing and enabling some truly major, substantive advances in society.
INTERCONNECTING EVERYTHING TO EVERYTHING ELSE: In response to the need for better, more economical network topologies that can efficiently and affordably address the explosion of data-based services required for online commerce and entertainment as well as the many emerging IIoT applications, the communications industry is rallying behind two related network topologies: software-defined networks and network function virtualization.
SECURITY EVERYWHERE: As systems from all of these emerging smart markets converge and become massively interconnected and their functionality becomes intertwined, there will be more entry points for nefarious individuals to do a greater amount of harm affecting a greater amount of infrastructure and greater number of people. The many companies actively participating in bringing these converging smart technologies to market realize the seriousness of ensuring that all access points in their products are secure. A smart nuclear reactor that can be accessed by a backdoor hack of a $100 consumer IoT device is a major concern. Thus, security at all point points in the converging network will become a top priority, even for systems that seemingly didn’t require security in the past.
XILINX PRIMED TO ENABLE CUSTOMER INNOVATION: Over the course of the last 30 years, Xilinx’s customers have become the leaders and key innovators in all of these markets. Where Xilinx has played a growing role in each generation of the vision/video, ADAS, industrial, and wired and wireless communications segments, today its customers are placing Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs at the core of the smarter technologies they are developing in these emerging segments.
Note: This blog post has been excerpted from Mike Santarini’s far more detailed article in the special Megatrends issue of Xcell Journal (Issue 92) that has just been published. To read the full article, click here or download a PDF of the entire issue by clicking here.