In 2016, Softbank’s Masayoshi Son compared the growth of IoT devices to the Cambrian explosion, referring to the biological Big Bang over 500 million years ago that resulted in our planet’s incredible diversity of life. He predicted a trillion connected devices in 20 years. When he made that bold prediction, analysts reckoned that we’d have 30 to 75 billion connected devices by 2022. The actual number turned out to be 8 to 15 billion, depending on how analysts define “connected devices.” This paper explains why IoT device deployments are not yet on a “trillion devices” trajectory and identifies the technology trend that makes Masayoshi Son’s bold prediction more realistic. We then show how FoundriesFactory,’s new and disruptive edge platform as a service (EPaaS), accelerates that trend.

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Table Of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • The Platform Convergence Trend
  • Edge Platform-as-a-Service
  • FoundriesFactory Hands-On
  • Summary
  • Conclusion
  • Table 1: Historical Platform Convergence Disruptions
  • Figure 1:’s Linux microPlatform (LmP)
  • Figure 2: Typical Embedded Linux Supply Chain
  • Figure 3: Kernel Modification Hierarchy
  • Figure 4: Arduino Pro Portenta X8 SoM – 66 MM X 25.4 MM
  • Figure 5: Docker On Portenta X8 Linux, Right Out Of The Box
  • Figure 6: FoundriesFactory Dashboard With Raspberry Pi And Arduino Pro Portenta X8
  • Figure 7: FoundriesFactory IoT Product Lifecycle Management

Companies Cited

  • Arduino
  • Arm
  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Red Hat
  • Softbank
  • SuSe
  • Ubuntu