Linley IoT Hardware Conference 2017
Focusing on hardware design for the IoT and wearables
July 25 - 26, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Santa Clara, CA

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9:00am-10:00amKeynote: IoT Technology Trends and Market Forecast

After overly exuberant early projections for the IoT and wearables, the industry is now transitioning into a more realistic growth phase in which connected devices are delivering real benefits to industry and consumers. As a result, semiconductor companies are refining their products to better fit requirements for low cost, low power, and security. Wireless-network operators are also deploying low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) that will enable proliferation of sensor nodes and client devices. This presentation will describe the technological developments driving growth in IoT and wearables, and provide The Linley Group's top-down five-year forecast.
10:00am-10:20amBREAK – Sponsored by Synopsys
10:20am-12:00pmSession 1: Configurable IP Cores for IoT Edge Devices

The IoT is a fragmented market, and there is no "one size fits all" for the edge devices. Processor designers must often build in the flexibility to connect to a variety of wireless protocols, and support a variety of use cases ranging from fixed AC-powered devices to ultra-low-power sensor nodes that must last for years on a single coin-cell battery. This session, moderated by Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group, will describe highly configurable IP cores that designers can adapt to the multiplicity of edge-device requirements.

Addressing the Emerging Requirements of Home IoT Devices
Charlie Hong-Men Su, CTO, SVP of R&D and Cofounder, Andes Technology

Smart-home connected "things" are evolving from single-function to multi-function to always-on digital assistants. At the same time, the use of multiple wireless protocols demands more complex IoT gateways, and makes client-device interoperability more difficult. To support the variety of smart-home platforms, IoT processors must be configurable and flexible, while delivering performance and power efficiency. This presentation will describe how new members of the AndesCore Embedded CPU IP family address these issues with an efficient and customizable architecture.

Complete Single Processor IP Solution for NB-IoT Enabled Endpoint Devices
Gunn Salelanonda, West Coast Sales Manager, CEVA

As operators begin deploying networks supporting the 3GPP's Release 13 standard, demand for NB-IoT endpoints is increasing. The next steps in 3GPP's roadmap are Release 14's enhanced NB-IoT (eNB-IoT), followed by the 5G standard in Release 15. Supporting the evolving standards requires a soft-radio system from RF to application software, which unifies CPU and DSP functions in a single architecture. This presentation shows how the CEVA-X1 IoT processor addresses these issues in an example of low cost and power-sensitive asset tracker.

Ultra-Low Power Heterogeneous Cache Coherency for IoT Edge Devices
Matthew Mangan, Corporate Applications Engineer, ArterisIP

Processing requirements for IoT edge devices are growing, driven by the need for rich UIs and the constraint of limited data communications bandwidth. The challenge is to create SoCs that can scale performance to match use cases while sipping battery power. This presentation discusses techniques to design cache coherent systems that include custom hardware accelerators for optimized and scalable processing, while using aggressive management methods to achieve ultra-low power consumption.

This session includes a panel discussion and Q&A featuring the above speakers.

12:00pm-1:30pmLunch – Sponsored by Synopsys
1:30pm-2:35pmSession 2: Technologies Optimized for IoT and Wearable Design

Early IoT and wearable devices repurposed technology originally developed for other applications, such as smartphones. As these markets have grown, however, IP suppliers, processor vendors, and semiconductor foundries have developed new technologies tuned to the needs of low-power connected devices. This session, moderated by Loyd Case, senior analyst at The Linley Group, will describe new manufacturing technologies and approaches to SoC chip design that enable designers to produce devices optimized for IoT and wearable applications.

Addressing Connectivity, Cost & Efficiency in IoT Chip Design
Ron Lowman, Strategic Marketing Manager, Synopsys

Many IoT products today leverage off-the-shelf solutions that were developed for a myriad of processors and applications, but not specifically for IoT use cases. This has created a new opportunity for companies to develop more targeted solutions focused on solving some of the key concerns, specifically connectivity, security, costs, and power efficiency. In this presentation, we will look at today's new IoT SoC designs, how they impact these problems, and highlight some successful implementations of IoT-optimized manufacturing processes, IP and services.

Taking IoT Mainstream – the Semiconductor Impact

Semiconductor technologies and companies can take IoT applications to a new levelprovided they can meet SoC requirements for compute, power, connectivity, content, security, and safety. The low-power 22nm node is now being seen as a differentiator for the IoT and "Connected Experience" applications. This presentation will share insight on the rise of low power, low leakage, performance-on-demand GLOBALFOUNDRIES product roadmap and solutions to offer the right combination of performance, power and area capabilities for customer and industry applications.

This session includes a panel discussion and Q&A featuring the above speakers.

2:35pm-2:55pmBREAK – Sponsored by Synopsys
2:55pm-4:00pmSpecial Industry Panel: IoT Entrepreneurs and Emerging Technologies

This panel will include speakers from three recent startup companies, which are developing new products and technologies specifically targeting the IoT. The discussion will begin with an introduction to their solutions for smart cities, smart farms, smart transportation, LPWANs, and battery-operated mobile connected "things". In the interactive Q&A session, moderated by Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group, we will discuss the technological innovations these companies are bringing to market, the challenges, and the competitive landscape for IoT entrepreneurs.

Tom Groeland, CEO, McThings

Timothy Menard, Founder and CEO, SinWaves

Ramzi Alharayeri, Sales Director, Sigfox

This will be a panel discussion with Q&A featuring the above panelists.

4:00pm-5:30pmNetworking Reception and Sponsor Exhibits – Sponsored by Synopsys


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Andes Technologies

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