The devices are here, especially the internet devices. However, it has still been held back by the power consumption of the devices.
Now it is time to look at these “power-hungry” devices and to address these issues.
Backed by ARM and Cable and Wireless Worldwide, the Weightless wireless standard is intended to become a global standard for machine-to-machine communications over a WAN.
According to ARM – they hope to provide the silicon platform for many connected devices – the technology that is being worked on will lead to a chipset costing under $2 with a range of up to 10km and battery life of ten years.
Gary Atkinson from ARM (its head of embedded computing) said:
“There are already millions of device-to-device connections, but that’s going to be dwarfed by the numbers of devices we’re going to see, It’s about saving energy – we need to be able to take more control of that.”
The technology is not new, but it hasn’t been widely used. At least not yet.