Issue No. 06 - June (1999 vol. 32)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.1999.10059
<p>To dispel a potential misperception that system-on-chip designs are a long way off, the authors describe several examples of new products that derive benefits from using SOCs. These designs, like those for embedded processors, emphasize the combination of a complementary set of functions into an economically viable package. SOCs are fueling new products that wouldn't have been possible--either economically or technologically--a few years ago. Gary Silcott, the author of "SOC Challenges for Wireless Handsets," describes the features of Motorola's chip that answers the call for smaller handsets and longer battery life by integrating the separate DSP and microcontroller onto one piece of silicon. He also makes some predictions about what's next in this design area . In "Thin Clients Benefit from SOC," Janet Wilson describes how SOCs offer original equipment manufacturers an economical package on which to base new products. She reports that thin-client vendors like Wyse are using this model to make serious inroads into corporate computing, a domain long dominated by the desktop PC. Neil Peterson and William Peisel, the authors of "Networking the Office with SOCs," explain how OEMs can save time and money by buying a product that integrates several networking functions--copier, facsimile, and laser-quality printer--into a single chip. In "MEMS Technology Emerges," Kirk L. Kroeker presents a sampling of emerging commercial products that use microelectromechanical systems--semiconductor chips that integrate mechanical elements, sensors, actuators, and electronics on a silicon substrate. He describes some advantages of MEMS over current devices that perform the same functions and explains why MEMS is sure to be the technology of the future for many applications.</p>
"SOCs Drive New Product Development," in Computer, vol. 32, no. , pp. 61-66, 1999.