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"I want my IoT"


The common refrain, “I want my MTV” was heard nearly 30 years ago when MTV was first starting out. Back then there was a lot of excitement, anticipation, and pure enthusiasm as to what MTV might become.

Fast forward to today and we have yet another cultural (and technical) movement afoot. It seems everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how our boring, mundane lives will be soon be transformed into ways never before imagined.

Within Mentor’s Embedded Software Division we are making great strides to help our silicon partners, OEMs, and customers realize their dreams in IoT. One area where we see IoT particularly promising is in portable medical devices. Our Nucleus RTOS shows great promise here. Nucleus is a proven, full-featured RTOS with a small memory footprint – ideal for portable, connected devices. Think about it, as the population ages and healthcare costs continue to climb, IoT devices can do a lot to help patients take health monitoring and maintenance into their own hands. There are just so many opportunities here.

In this just-released IoT white paper by my colleague Andrew Caples, you’ll learn how IoT has evolved since the days of machine-to-machine (M2M). Most of us are familiar with M2M, and really, IoT is just a modern day permutation of M2M. Of course, back in the day M2M was somewhat limited due to the available hardware, connectivity options, and what kind of OS (if any?) you wanted to use. Andrew bases his paper on familiarity with M2M and what software developers need to know when dealing with a far more sophisticated technology like IoT.

IoT, among other things, requires some rather new ways of thinking about security, connectivity, power management, and the longevity of devices when they are “always on” and part on the IoT infrastructure.

Okay, all together now… I want my “I – Ohh – Teee.”

Footnote: “I want my MTV” originated from the band Dire Straits in a song called Money for Nothing which was released in 1985. And yes, Sting sang it in falsetto.

MTV and the MTV logo are owned by the Viacom Media Networks Division of Viacom.

internet-of-things, M2M, Connectivity, Power Management, Medical Devices

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About Scott Salzwedel

Scott SalzwedelScott Salzwedel is the Technical Content Manager/Writer for Mentor's Embedded Software Division. Visit Embedded Blog

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