As you likely know, here at DZone we like to stay at the forefront of breaking technology. When a new year rolls around, there’s loads of potential for revolution innovations, particularly within the technology realm. The tech space is rapidly evolving and advancing. IT company ByteSnap, specializing in embedded design, released a list of top electronics predictions for 2016.
Big is Small
ByteSnap’s expectations cover the IT spectrum, and highlight a few visible trends in the electronics space. For 2016, ByteSnap expects that the so-called “tiny battle of the titans,” or clash of the titans if you will, promises to rage on. The ARM Cortex architecture has seen widespread adoption in an array of devices, from smartphones and tablets, to systems-on-chips (SoC). As noted in an M2M World News article, ByteSnap points out the ARM Cortex M0 microcontroller, an entry-level microprocessor that is replacing 8-bit architecture. What’s causing this massive uptick in use? The Internet of Things (IoT).
Smart is the New Sexy
Similarly, IoT grew substantially in 2015, and the outlook is promising for 2016. ByteSnap sees IoT becoming more prominent in two sectors specifically, connected homes, and connected health. To quote Marvel, “It’s all connected.” Home automation isn’t quite new, having been around a while both in the real world and in science fiction (check out “The X-Files” episode “Ghost in the Machine” for a hilarious look at an early 90’s view of AI and smart homes). We’ve seen the home automation and connected home sector blossom into an entity of its own, ranging from simple devices like the Amazon Dash to the Nest.
It’s not only our homes that are further connected, but ourselves as well. The health tech sector will continue to boom, and further become connected. With a bevy of sensors put into consumer smartwatches, like heart rate monitors, the trend is clear: e-health will be able to offer constant health monitoring. ByteSnap suggests that our homes and bodies will integrate IoT technology. Hopefully we don’t end up resembling the Borg. Resistance is futile.
That’s not all! Smart cars should rise in 2016, a theme we’ve been witnessing. Automobile manufacturer Ford debuted a self-driving car in the snow, dubbed the next-gen snowmobile. Taking the human element out, some including Ford Global Manager of Driver Assistance Research Greg Stevens believe, leads to less accidents. Others might envision a “Maximum Overdrive” scenario, but we doubt this will happen.
All That and a Bag of Chips
According to ByteSnap, silicon chips will further flourish. ByteSnap clarified that the silicon chip sector should advance, and diversify. Accordingly, the 14/16nm silicon chip hits mainstream markets as per 2016 predictions. We’ve already seen applications of this architecture in AMD’s powerful yet efficient Polaris chip.
In addition to their 2k16 predictions, ByteSnap has a nifty 2015 embedded systems year in review article worth checking out.
ByteSnap's 2016 electronics predictions:
Connected home of the future approaches – slowly
Connected health undercurrent
Utility metering gets smart – with a vengeance
Tiny battle of the titans – 8-bit out, ARM Cortex M0 in
Wafer-thin, razor fast
Smart cars to drive FPGA development
Serial printers go 3D
USB C standardized
Gestures – sign of the future?