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Molex | November 03, 2022
Molex, a global electronics leader and connectivity innovator, today released a new report that examines the emerging world of the industrial metaverse and its impact on next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures. To help companies prepare for what lies ahead, "Unleashing the Power of the Industrial Metaverse" offers pragmatic insights on the integration of physical and virtual technologies and processes to speed product-design cycles while improving production-line efficiencies and economics.
"One of Molex's greatest assets is our engineering expertise, and the industrial metaverse will streamline everything from product development through commercialization and ultimately fulfillment, Modernizing IoT infrastructure to take full advantage of the metaverse is a strategic business imperative that will result in deeper, more productive customer experiences and richer data insights today and well into the future."
Mike Giresi, Chief Digital Officer, Molex
Industrial Metaverse as Productivity Force Multiplier
Molex and Arrow commissioned the development of this report to offer perspective on how the industrial metaverse will transform manufacturing through increased adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), digital twins, Machine Learning (ML) and predictive analytics. These early enablers already are gaining traction in industrial settings to support manufacturing automation, process optimization, remote assistance, and training, as well as predictive maintenance.
As these technologies and use cases establish a firm foothold, they will create momentum for consumer-focused applications by facilitating faster inflection points and quantum leaps in productivity. According to the report, a robust industrial metaverse will deliver unprecedented value, starting with the design and ideation phase of product development all the way through manufacturing, sales, service and maintenance.
Immediate and Long-Lasting Impact on Next-Gen IoT
The industrial metaverse also will have a major impact on next-gen IoT infrastructure while creating new opportunities and challenges for today's engineers. As such, engineers are uniquely positioned to be among the first group to tap the full potential of the industrial metaverse. To that end, the report addresses five functional pillars, including speed and bandwidth, signal integrity, form factor, power consumption and electromagnetic interference (EMI). In addition, the report offers guidelines for how companies can get started, as well as advice on integrating core capabilities throughout their internal and external business processes while ensuring secure connectivity and seamless data analysis.
Molex and Arrow Sponsor Industrial Metaverse Webinar
The webinar "Unlocking the Potential of the Industrial Metaverse" will be held on December 6, 2022, at 9AM PT/12PM ET
Expert panelists will discuss how the industrial metaverse is transforming manufacturing and what to do to prepare for the next wave in digital transformation:
Samantha G. Wolfe, Founder of PitchFWD, an emerging tech consultancy, adjunct professor at NYU's Steinhardt School and co-author of "Metaversed"
Mark Schuerman, Senior Business Development Manager, Molex and industrial automation expert
Rob Meyer, Digital Engineering Manager, Arrow and lead technical consultant for e-commerce operations
Click here to register for the webinar
Molex Reinforce Industrial Automation Expertise at SPS'22
Molex also will be joining other industrial automation leaders at SPS 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, November 8-10, Hall 10.0, #110
Visit Molex to learn how the company is optimizing the power of Industry 4.0 technologies and delivering the latest Ethernet capabilities
Molex is a global electronics leader committed to making the world a better, more-connected place. With presence in more than 40 countries, Molex enables transformative technology innovation in the automotive, data center, industrial automation, healthcare, 5G, cloud and consumer device industries. Through trusted customer and industry relationships, unrivaled engineering expertise, and product quality and reliability, Molex realizes the infinite potential of Creating Connections for Life.
Ubilite | September 16, 2022
Ubilite Inc. (“Ubilite”) today announced the immediate availability of its UBI206 platform based on the UBI206 SoC, targeted specifically for ultra-low power wireless applications. The UBI206 is a highly integrated single device that enables a vast number of IoT products with a minimal number of external components. It includes a switchless 802.11b/g/n radio, baseband processor, medium access controller (MAC), power management unit (PMU), memories, and a network application processor that runs the Wi-Fi link-layer protocols, TCP/IP stack, and IoT applications.
“UBI206 specifications are better by an order of magnitude than existing Wi-Fi solutions. The UBI206 was designed from the ground up at system level to optimize for lowest operating power and is the result of many years of development, Our solution offers a Wi-Fi experience with power consumption matching Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), thereby unleashing the full power of the IoT and enabling applications never before possible.”
Ismail Lakkis, CEO and founder of Ubilite
“IoT applications require low power processors and connectivity – especially if they are battery powered,” said Phil Solis, Research Director, Connectivity and Smartphone Semiconductors at IDC. “The market for Wi-Fi-enabled IoT devices will reach over 2.2 billion units in 2026 – about 44% of the 5.1 billion total Wi-Fi-enabled products that year.”
The UBI206 is optimized for several ultra-low power IoT markets including wearables, trackers, beacons, healthcare, smart home, industrial systems monitoring and control, and audio.
Ubilite UBI206 Key Features:
Data rate up to 72.2 Mbps
Rx Sensitivity -97 dBm
Tx Power +6dBm (P-1dB)
Rx Active Power consumption 17mW
Tx Active Power consumption 25mW
DTIM10 power consumption 85uA
5 x 5 QFN48 package
About Ubilite Inc.
Founded in 2014, Ubilite is a fabless semiconductor company developing Ultra Low Power Wi-Fi Chipsets for IoT applications. Ubilite has developed the lowest power 802.11 Wi-Fi SoC on the market with power consumption that is lower than Bluetooth. The Ultra Low Power requirements enable very long battery life or the ability to use energy harvesting to enable continuous operation for years.
Airzone | September 02, 2022
Airzone, a worldwide industry leader in dynamic HVAC control solutions, is entering the rapidly growing North American market with an exclusive smart control solution for HVAC inverter systems. Airzone's Aidoo Pro acts as the bridge between proprietary HVAC inverter and mini-split manufacturers' protocols and IoT device APIs, including for the popular ecobee®, Honeywell® and Nest® smart thermostats. The Aidoo Pro enables HVAC professionals to completely integrate HVAC inverter systems with leading smart thermostats, preserving all inverter features and providing unparalleled levels of efficiency, energy savings, connectivity and comfort.
Growing Inverter + Smart Thermostat Markets on a Collision Course
The market for HVAC inverter solutions is expected to nearly double from 2020 to 2025, from $17.6 billion to $31.9 billion. Simultaneously, the global smart thermostat market is expected to triple by 2028. These are two of the fastest-growing categories in the HVAC industry but deploying devices from these categories together currently negates the benefits of both: adding a smart thermostat to an inverter system prevents key inverter features from working, significantly reducing the energy efficiency of the unit.
Because HVAC inverter system protocols and smart thermostat APIs are incompatible, HVAC inverter systems downgrade to single-speed operation when paired with a smart thermostat. The hallmark benefits of inverter solutions—efficiency, energy savings and superior climate control performance—are completely lost. The Aidoo Pro brings the HVAC and IoT worlds together, preserving inverter functionality while meeting consumer demands for smart control.
Airzone Solutions Bridge the Gap Between IoT and HVAC
The Airzone Aidoo Pro is a simple-to-install system add-on that sits between the HVAC system and IoT control devices such as third-party smart thermostats, voice assistants, and home automation. Airzone's exclusive library of manufacturer-certified HVAC protocols enables full two-way communication between the Aidoo Pro, the HVAC solution, and smart thermostats or other connected devices. The Aidoo Pro receives smart thermostat data via API, interprets it, and then sends the appropriate commands to the inverter unit via manufacturer-certified protocol. The inverter continues to function at a variable rate, preserving the superior comfort and efficiency of the system.
Airzone has spent decades cultivating privileged working relationships with the industry's leading HVAC inverter and mini-split manufacturers. The Aidoo Pro has manufacturer-certified HVAC protocols from all leading brands, including Daikin, Fujitsu, Hitachi, LG, Mitsubishi and Panasonic. Airzone also has dedicated API cloud integrations with the industry's leading smart thermostat solutions, including Nest®, ecobee® and Honeywell®. Additional integrations with other smart thermostats are on the roadmap for 2023 and beyond.
"No one else can do what we do, Through dedicated collaboration and constant R&D, we've found a way to keep the original features and functionality of an HVAC inverter solution intact, even when deployed in conjunction with a smart thermostat. We are uniquely positioned to help HVAC professionals deliver systems that are superior in every way, from comfort and efficiency to user interface and control."
Antonio Mediato, founder and CEO of Airzone
The Airzone Aidoo Pro solution is available now in North America. To learn more about the Aidoo Pro solution, click here. If you're interested in installing and integrating the Airzone Aidoo Pro solution, click here.
Airzone is an industry-leading manufacturer of dynamic HVAC control and zoning solutions for residential and light commercial environments. With over 25 years of experience leading the HVAC zoning and control industry in Europe, Airzone's mission is to create innovative and category-defining solutions that deliver simplified control, savings, and streamlined service. Airzone's foundational values of diligence, reliability and service leads to a culture of tireless innovation and impeccable performance.
SORACOM | November 23, 2022
KDDI CORPORATION and SORACOM, INC, a global provider of advanced IoT connectivity services, today announced that SORACOM has applied to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Soracom joined the KDDI Group in August 2017. Since then, Soracom has grown its IoT connectivity platform to support over 5 million IoT connections* for more than 20,000 customers worldwide in industries ranging from energy and manufacturing to payments, consumer electronics, healthcare, and agriculture .
From day one, Soracom has made its mission to deliver a global connectivity platform that accelerates speed to market for the teams building tomorrow’s connected world and helps them to pursue success at any scale.
To further accelerate its own business growth and global expansion, Soracom began preparation for a potential public offering in 2020. KDDI and SORACOM describe this as a “swing-by” IPO, in which a startup grows with the support of a larger company prior to public offering, as if a space probe accelerates using the gravitational mass of a planet. With appropriate corporate governance systems now in place and demonstrated capacity for independent management, Soracom has now applied to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Prior to any such listing, it is necessary to obtain listing approval from the Tokyo Stock Exchange and complete examination by the Japan Exchange Regulation. This application does not establish any specific commitments regarding listing availability or timing.
This press release has been prepared for the sole purpose of publicly announcing that the Company has applied to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and not for the purpose of soliciting investment or engaging in any other similar activities within or outside Japan. This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. Any securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. If any public offering of securities is made in the United States, it will be made by means of an English language prospectus prepared in accordance with the U.S. Securities Act of 1933.