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Internet of Things Figure 3: The INEMO-M1 system-on-board comprises a complete set of communication interfaces and motion-sensing capabilities in a 13 x 13 x 2 mm form factor. and merged into a single component. The INEMO-M1 is the first 9-axis motion sensing system-on-board (SoB) of the iNEMO module family. It integrates multiple MEMS sensors from ST and a powerful computational core: a 6-axis digital e-Compass, a 3-axis digital Gyroscope and an ARM®Cortex™-M3 32-bit MCU. This 9-DoF inertial system represents a fully integrated solution that can be used in a broad variety of applications such as robotics, personal navigation, gaming and wearable sensors for healthcare, sports and fitness. A complete set of communication interfaces and motionsensing capabilities in a very small size form factor (13 x 13 x 2 mm) and the possibility to embed ST’s sensor fusion software make the INEMO-M1 system-on-board a flexible solution for high-performance, effortless orientation estimation and motiontracking applications. Category 3: Perhaps the clearest category of all involves adding Connectivity. It can be easily understood that if we want to connect to the Internet, there must be a certain kind of radio communications in all the end units. It can be Wi-Fi, NFC, RFID, Bluetooth, Z-wave, ZigBee or even standard cellular 3G or 4G (or all the above) and additional types of communications that will be developed in the near-distant future for a specific need with development of the Internet of Things (IOT), e.g. BLE - Bluetooth Low Energy. STMicroelectronics has developed BlueNRG, single component incorporating Cortex-M0 and Bluetooth specification v4.0. These radio technologies will be embedded in additional products with which we are all familiar. A report on the IoT from the OECD estimates that a four-member household which today uses on average 10 Internet-connected devices will increase usage to 25 by 2017 and to 50 by 2022. A rapid survey shows a wealth of available home Wi-Fi devices and sensors that have embedded radio appliances. The hardware industry has been widely eulogized, with the claim that everything is on the shelf. We often hear that there is no need to manufacture hardware, but only to write software. However the Internet of Things concept is changing the rules of the game and leads the industry to developments and the manufacturing of components that did not exist previously. The high-tech industry is best described as cyclical and will always be affected by market fluctuations, but the IoT vision is likely to drive the industry forward in the coming years. The author, Milan Yudkovich holds the position of FAE at Arrow Israel. www.arroweurope.com www.microwave-eetimes.com Microwave Engineering Europe March-April 2014 19


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