There are really two layerscapes- one is a software-based program and the other is an applications processor. One layerscape requires high-speed networking and communications technology to perform, and the other was designed to provide high-speed networking and communications for similar data-intensive applications.
Now that more and more engineers are developing the embedded code that control Internet of Things (IoT) products, teams are under increased pressure to create better software in less time-- driven by the more frequent release cycles, higher costs and shorter delivery dates associated with the fiercely competitive global IoT market.
Today's dream car will have hundreds of onboard sensors, more than fifty separate electronic control units (ECUs), about 100 million lines of code and, now, internet connectivity. All of this complexity is designed to not only optimize the performance of the engine, transmission, brakes, and steering, but also to enhance convenience and comfort. The flip side to this added functionality, however, is that connectivity opens the vehicle to new security concerns.
Reports predict that the resurgence of microcontroller sales in the coming years will be with MCUs that will potentially connect within the Internet of Things (IoT) and that the field is split between 8-bit and 32-bit devices. Wearables or smart homes might only require 8-bit MCUs, but once a gateway enters the picture, the application is sure to fall into the 32-bit MCU space.
The IoT has become a hot topic because it embodies the future that everyone always dreamed of. Yet, there are quite a few challenges to overcome. From a technical point of view, security is paramount, as many IoT products track very personal information. Also, you have all these devices trying to talk to each other but as of now, there are no real standards and communications are infrequently incompatible.
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