Secured, Connected and Consistent Edges Advancing the World
The COMPUTEX 2022 CEO Keynote series continued on Tuesday with Kurt Sievers, President and CEO of NXP Semiconductors. Sievers shared NXP’s vision of “bringing to life the power of the edge, the connected edge and of the secure, connected edge.”
Connectivity is critical for consistent consumer experiences at the edge, Sievers said in a pre-recorded video for the international trade show, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
“You don’t want to be frustrated about losing connections, about different standards that don’t work with each other,” he said.
Edge computing and applications are in every aspect of our lives: when we pay, move, consume, interact, or go to work, he added.
NXP Senior director of Edge Processing Amanda McGregor highlighted this ubiquity of connectivity using the example of the smart home.
Edge processing technology in smart home applications allow the home to become occupant-aware, to understand the owner’s passions and behaviors, and, through such an understanding, attenuate appliances to better suit the dweller’s habits, McGregor said.
As the edge becomes more intertwined with our daily lives, a consistent experience must be safe, secure and energy-efficient. NXP’s latest i.MX 9 applications processors enable intelligence at the edge to achieve those goals.
The fragmentation and complexity of connectivity in the smart home is the byproduct of a patchwork of different ecosystems meshed into a slew of old and new wireless protocols, said Rafael Sotomayor, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Connectivity and Security of NXP Semiconductors.
NXP supports “Matter”, an industry–unifying standard to unifies the protocols via a new universal language, offering true interoperability between connected devices in the smart home, Sotomayor said, adding that NXP’s secure tri-radio solution simultaneously communicates across Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth and Thread, resolving the issue of multiple ecosystems. Besides, NXP has announced to extend the capability of ultra-wideband solutions to Radar for NXP UWB solutions and mobile IoT and automotive, and new exciting capabilities of motion sensitivity and gesture recognition.
Autonomous vehicles are viewed as connected nowaday. Sievers estimated that “cars can generate up to 10TB of data in a few years from now. Per day. And on the same day, it will have the need to transmit and receive another 50GB of data,” mandating a rethink on the vehicle’s data network structuring and topology.
NXP is leading such efforts in a transformational way by introducing a more advancing network topology called “zonal structure,” which ensures that cloud connectivity is a reality so that vehicles can transmit and receive data over-the-air.
“I simply believe there will be no connected applications if they are not secure,” Sievers said.
He cited NXP’s tremendous experience in cybersecurity for mobile payments, identification, authentication, and so on. The company would leverage its cybersecurity experience on edge applications.
Sievers closed by saying that he looked forward to collaborating with customers and partners attending COMPUTEX to make a powerful and efficient ecosystem adding: “We are well on the way and I have all the ambition and all the confidence. [We’re] gonna do a great job, together, with strong and powerful ecosystem here in Taiwan.”