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April 28, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:28pm

5 chip makers driving the Internet of Things

Semiconductor companies enabling the IoT market.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

With the Internet of Things (IoT) expected to grow to $8.9 trillion and 212 billion devices globally by 2020 (according to IDC), even cows are set to be connected to the internet.

CBR looks at five chip makers making the IoT a reality today.

1. Freescale

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Photo source: Orcaman, Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor makes microprocessors, microcontrollers, sensors and integrated circuits that are currently being used in connected cars, medical equipment, consumer appliances and energy management solutions.

The company released the ‘world’s smallest’ Internet of Things (IoT) microchip, the Kinetis KLO3, which is 15% smaller than the earlier KL02 earlier this year. The chip is based on ARM technology and designed to work in very low power devices that need less than 2KB of memory.

Adib Ghubril, a research director of semiconductors at analyst firm Gartner, told CBR in February: "The MCU, whether it’s Freescale’s or not, is a fantastic enabler of the IoT. It’s a low power, fully integrated processing device that operates in real time. It allows ‘things’ to capture and share simple, basic data from their environment in an optimal way."

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The company also has a wearable platform that allows developers to rapidly prototype various types of wearable technology.

Ghubril added that Freescale has a "good focus" on system support and ecosystem development by working with service providers further down the supply chain.

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