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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010

    [EN] The Cloud is Dead

    How Businesses Will Benefit from the Shift from Center to Edge

    Ruediger Stroh | EVP, GM for NXP Semiconductors
    Sep 21, 2017

    In my discussions with technology leaders from organizations such as Qualcomm and Andreesen Horowitz, I see growing evidence that a new disruption is about to occur. It’s nothing less than the fundamental change of computing as we know it. Today, the cloud is the mainframe of processing. But what happens when cloud computing ends? Now, you might think cloud computing hasn’t even yet reached its full potential, and to an extent that’s true. However, I believe the rapid acceleration of the Internet of Things will actually result in the cloud reverting back to storing data for future reference – versus processing data on an ongoing basis.

    At present, networked applications widely rely on cloud services. Whether we do a Google search or use a weather app, we type the request into our mobile device, which in turn sends it to the cloud to be processed and transported back to our device. Human input and cloud processing is the current mode of operation. However, with the IoT, for the first time, nodes and sensors collect real world information from the environment autonomously -- and lots of it. Drones are data centers with wings, and manufacturing robots are data centers with arms.

    With this massive edge capacity comes a catch: Due to the very nature of IoT technologies, the transmission of tremendous amounts of data via the cloud becomes a more ambitious endeavor. Consider that today’s automobiles have about 100 CPUs. For a self-driving car this number will rise to 300 – 400 and beyond. If we build a more intelligent transport system linking just a thousand cars, which will all need to communicate with the infrastructure and communication centers, we end up with an enormous distributed computing problem. Even with 5G, we will quickly reach a point at which transporting this information to the cloud, processing it there and transporting it back, will no longer be feasible to support real-time decision making. The latency of leveraging the cloud will be too slow for real-time decision making.

    In the not-so-distant future, the old model, where data is generated at the edge and processed in the center, will come to its limits. Computing will shift to the edge – rapidly. In fact, IDC now forecasts that 43 percent of IoT computing will occur at the edge by 2021.

    So what does this mean for your business? With literally trillions of end-point devices and new applications and business models evolving around them, the shift from center to edge is nothing less than a tremendous opportunity for those that dive in early on. For instance, how will this shift change the way riders in autonomous vehicles are insured? How will instant edge analytics benefit retailers in micro-targeting shoppers? The number of new revenue opportunities and business models will exponentially increase with the shift to the edge.

    Just as trust has been the limiting factor controlling the acceptance of cloud services, the capability to provide secure solutions to shield the edge of the IoT systems will be the limiting factor controlling the speed of this new disruption. For example, smart home devices are a hotspot for private information, which could be used to determine whether or not the house is vacant; Blockchain use contains sensitive financial information; and autonomous vehicles – if hacked - pose physical threats to communities. As a consequence, the edge itself is becoming the first line of defense of integral system security.

    The cloud will become the teaching and training center of the IoT. It’s here where the edge devices will develop their pattern recognition skills and where advanced machine-learning will take place. As a base for less time-critical action, the cloud will remain with us. So in a sense, the cloud is dead – but long live the cloud.

    The change that is going to occur and the vast opportunities implied in edge computing are foreshadowing a new era of technology. Think of the world as a distributed computing system. To spearhead this change, we must prepare to deliver dedicated processing power at the edge, because this is where the future action takes place:

    • In many cases, dedicated processing reduces response time and network congestion. Autonomous vehicles will rely crucially on real-time processing in order to make correct decisions within a fraction of a second.
    • Dedicated processing will result in better user privacy, since raw data won’t be uploaded to the cloud.
    • It eliminates the need to build inefficient and unresponsive centralized cloud data centers to handle the significant increase in data collection.
    • Dedicated processing is more reliable at the device level.

    We must also amplify our efforts to provide effective trust to make distributed computing secure. Combined hardware and software security tools that protect data privacy and security at the edge are readily available, and must now be fielded on the system level following the principle of security and privacy by design. This way, the businesses that will provide IoT services will send a signal of trust to the billions of users who will enjoy the benefits of edge computing.

    Change is under way; and disruption is happening -- again.

  2. #2
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    off-topic - PR: Qualcomm extends cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of NXP

    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Qualcomm River Holdings B.V., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, has extended the offering period of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI). The tender offer is being made pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2016, by and between Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. and NXP. The tender offer is now scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 20, 2017, unless extended or earlier terminated, in either case pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement.

    American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary for the tender offer, has advised Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. that as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 21, 2017, the last business day prior to the announcement of the extension of the offer, 10,949,150 NXP common shares (excluding 18,439 shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures that have not yet been delivered in settlement or satisfaction of such guarantee), representing approximately 3.2% of the outstanding NXP common shares, have been validly tendered pursuant to the tender offer and not properly withdrawn. Shareholders who have already tendered their common shares of NXP do not have to re-tender their shares or take any other action as a result of the extension of the expiration date of the tender offer.

    Completion of the tender offer remains subject to additional conditions described in the tender offer statement on Schedule TO filed by Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 18, 2016, as amended (the "Schedule TO"). Such conditions include the receipt of regulatory approvals in certain non-U.S. jurisdictions and at least 80% of NXP's outstanding shares being validly tendered and not withdrawn prior to the expiration of the tender offer (including any extensions). The tender offer will continue to be extended until all conditions are satisfied or waived, or until the tender offer is terminated, in either case pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement by and between Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. and NXP and as described in the Schedule TO. The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar 2017.

    Innisfree M&A Incorporated is acting as information agent for Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. in the tender offer. Requests for documents and questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to Innisfree M&A Incorporated by telephone, toll-free at (888) 750-5834 for shareholders, or collect at (212) 750-5833 for banks and brokers.
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  3. #3
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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    off-topic: NXP, Baidu to join hands on self-driving

    Ma Si

    NXP Semiconductors, the world's top chip maker for the auto industry, is in discussions with Baidu Inc on a partnership to promote self-driving technology, as part of a broader effort to tap into the booming internet of vehicle market in China, a senior executive said.

    Kurt Sievers, general manager of automotive business at NXP, said the two sides will cooperate on radar solutions, computer technology and possibly on cyber security issues.

    China is expected to surpass the United States as the company's largest automotive business market in three years, he said.

    "We believe Chinese auto brands will conquer the world. It will offer great growth opportunities for us, "Sievers said in an interview with China Daily. "By being here early with new local stars, we can help them and us become globally successful. It is not only about China, but winning with Chinese customers."

    The Dutch company inked a deal with the government of Chongqing in southwestern China on Thursday to set up an application center, ensuring that its increasingly complex products, especially microprocessors, can fully support local partners.

    With a focus on application engineering, it plans to build a team of 100 people in Chongqing. The municipality is the largest auto production base in China, with an annual production capacity of 4 million units. NXP did not disclose the investment sum.

    The move came shortly after NXP signed deals with Changan Automobile, Geely Automobile Group and Guangzhou Automobile, three major car makers in China, for cooperation in both electrification and autonoumous vehicles.

    According to Sievers, the company is also discussing possible cooperation with auto maker BYD Co Ltd.

    NXP is the world's biggest semiconductor supplier to the car sector, with a market share of 14.2 percent. It is followed by German semiconductor company Infineon Technologies AG, which accounts for 10.4 percent, data from Strategy Analytics show.

    Zhang Zhiyong, founder and CEO of Wenfeng Automobile Consultancy, said vehicles are becoming increasingly smart and digital, which will spur a huge demand for auto chips.

    "Its years of experience in partnering with both auto makers and technologies companies will give NXP a big edge in market," he added.

    In April, NXP signed a partnership with a subsidiary of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to prepare for opportunities in intelligent transportation.

    Under the deal with the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, the think tank of the ministry, the two sides will cooperate on the research and development of industry standards for the internet of vehicles, talent exchange and product development.

    In addition, NXP set up a joint venture in 2013 with State-owned telecom company Datang Telecom to make semiconductors for new-energy vehicles.

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