Simon Segars opened up day 2 of ARM TechCon with a presentation that had to be streamed into three overflow rooms after the main theater rapidly became standing room only with over 1200 delegates looking to listen to the keynote. Simon described how mobile data has grown 50 percent in the last year – and is expected to grow 10 times that by 2017. Simon said that we are at a point where innovation – especially innovation in mobile –is exploding. Much like the automotive industry during the 20th century, we can expect to see a variety of industries growing up around mobile – providing products and services predicated on the ubiquity of mobile devices. The IoT is just the start of this; according to a research report sponsored by ARM and researched by The Economist Intelligence Unit, right now 76% of companies are exploring the IoT and how it will apply to their businesses. We can expect to see the IoT help solve challenges in transportation, energy, health and education. We are truly living in exciting times and ARM is at the heart of those times. As Simon said, "we need to go back to the garages," as many great innovations formed in "garage" workshops.
After Simons' keynote we invited him backstage to answer a few questions that were put to him through twitter during his talk.
What do you think will be the next big change in the industry?
How big is the enterprise infrastructure networking opportunity?
What will revolutionize the mobile space?
How big is the IoT market?
Why is energy efficiency still important?
At the Xilinx booth I spoke with Ian Johnston from ISD and Robert Chappell from EyeTech about their use of the Zynq-7000device in camera applications, for differing market segments. We talked about their different uses of the duel core Cortex-A9 in each system and how it blends well with the capabilities provided by the Xilinx FPGA technology.
At the back of the day there was a second keynote from Daniel Kraft, Physician-Scientist. Daniel gave a compelling talk on electronics in healthcare, showing how technology can allow us to have smarter more connected healthcare. With the advancements of technology in healthcare we have a huge opportunity to utilize the vast amount of data and information that technology and internet of things provides us.