802.11ac also called Gigabit Wifi has been implemented but up to now some features were left out. In particular MU-MIMO allowing for multiple users was not in, wasting bandwidth capacity in smartphones. This feature allows several users to use up to 433 Mbps of bandwidth simultaneously over a single access point. The early players are Qualcomm Atheros and Quantenna for chip design. Reference designs are also available and are being used by companies such as Aerohive.
Eweek explains how Imagination is providing its MIPS core to Ingenic who designed a tiny SD card sized module called Newton for the IoT wearable segment. The plus of this module is its size: about a one euro coin :-). Another plus is that it is modular. For instance one can decide to add or remove a power management module in order to use the Newton in a plugged in or in a battery powered environment. The market for wearable is expected to be 64 millions units by 2020 according to the analysts from Berg.
Imagination is part of the Android wearable initiative launched by Google. members of the group include ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung.
The trend for 2014 for the SoC market is described here. It tells us about how 2014 is about adding more cores and controlling the power consumption. We do not necessarily agree with the opinion of the journalist. The market grows in the mid-range while volumes stagnate on the high range segment. The journalist believes very much in Nvidia, less in Intel and a little in Qualcomm when we would bet more on Qualcomm for their integrated approach and on Mediatek. We also believe Rockchip will be a key player. So in a nutshell after the race for the higher clock, now is the time for the race for the higher number of cores. Let the game begin.
The author share a very unique perspective about the market for SoC in the automotive industry. Despite the 100 millions in revenues claimed by Nvidia, this article claims that in the future there will be little if no use for sophisticated SoC. The point made is about the location of the intelligence in the car. He claims that the smart phone will continue to be the center of connectivity with the rest of the world and that it will contain all the CPU hungry features while the car will become a dumb terminal.