A $3.5 Million Smart Phone?
We visited ARM’s TechCon event in Santa Clara this week, which focused on the Internet of Things, smartphones and the changes coming to data centers because of these technologies and phenomena like Big Data.
Is IoT an enterprise technology? Yes, says Eric Klein, a partner at Lemnos Labs, a VC firm that exclusively invests in hardware. (Go figure.) Investors are mostly excited about what persistently connected devices can lower costs or lay the foundation for new services from industrial and commercial customers, like monitoring wastewater in real time.
Some of the highlights from the keynote presentations:
- A preview of experimental plastic transistors for the growing armada of Internet-connected sensors. They can’t compete with silicon, but by using inexpensive substrates and imprint lithography, it will be possible to cut the costs of intelligent devices.
- A presentation by Danny Kaye, Executive Vice President, Global Research and Technology Strategy at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, illuminating the growing gap between Internet traffic and Internet speeds. A very large digital streaming service is over 30% of the traffic in prime time, he said. The solution? Cloud providers and others will invest in infrastructure to preposition high-end content locally.
- ARM CTO, Mike Muller, shows a diabetes glucose tester that converts the motion involved in physically removing its cap to power the device. IoT may be battery free, and this is one of the few useful examples of piezoelectrics we’ve seen in ages that doesn’t involved dancing.
- And for you history buffs, ARM CEO, Simon Segars, estimated what a modern smart phone might have cost in 1990:
- 32GB of flash: $1.44 million
- CPU with 1 billion transistors: $620,000
- A 15 mbps networking chip: $1.5 million
- Grand total: $3.56 million.
We’ll take two.
Pop quiz: when it comes to flash, where does it fit in Industrial IoT: cloud, edge, or both? Samuel Yu has the answer on storage and the age of data intelligence.
Technology Transformation – Evolutionary or revolutionary?
IDC released their Worldwide IT Industry 2016 Predictions this week. What do CIOs have to say? Jason Sparapani looks if, how and when they plan to implement the digital transformation of IT.
Is it too much, too soon? Well, here’s an example of just how fast the industry is treading. Seven months ago SanDisk® brought our first all-flash storage system, InfiniFlash, to market. Last week we took home the platinum readers’ choice award for All-Flash Array in the German IT awards.
The Rise of OpenStack
SanDisk has long contributed to the OpenStack effort. Travis Oliphant of Continuum Analytics has an interesting article on how it will help small firms switch between public and private clouds.
And while we’re with open source, one of the interesting projects SanDisk has been investing in is as project maintainers for SCST. Nithya Ruff just shared some of the latest features we’ve contributed for Generic SCSI Target Subsystem for Linux.
And if you’re wondering why flash and Open Source matter so much in the modern data center, next week is your chance to learn more from Nithya Ruff – register for the webinar here.
Another Reason Big Data Will Revolutionize Medicine
If Big Data can help Formula 1 teams win, think how IoT and Big Data will help us be more healthy.
Many pharmaceuticals are not just expensive or hard to get, they simply don’t work that well. Information Week shows six new ways IT and Big Data will be changing that and revolutionizing personal medicine.
Extreme Weather and How It Will Impact Your Operations
Remember 2011 when floods in Thailand dramatically curtailed the supply of hard drives? Enterprises of all size are going to have to start building in Plan Bs into their logistics strategies, says EBN.