Silicon Cloud establishes IoT design enablement centre in Singapore

Private cloud computing infrastructure Silicon Cloud International announced that its second cloud centre has been operational in Singapore since March.

This cloud centre aims to provide a state-of-the-art design enablement infrastructure and framework for Internet of Things (IoT) node designs, it said in a statement.

Silicon Cloud establishes IoT design enablement centre in Singapore

The cloud hardware is hosted in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and will support IoT research and design worldwide.

“SUTD researchers will utilise this high performance and secure cloud computing platform for their next generation of IoT research and design, [for] healthcare and Smart Nation systems,” said Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, Associate Provost at SUTD.

“The innovation possibilities, which require international and multidisciplinary collaboration, are infinite; enabled by Silicon Cloud’s platform, it can range from creating new IoT devices to improving lighting and water management, monitoring and security as well as traffic control.”

To establish this centre, Silicon Cloud has received funding from SPRING Singapore’s Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme and equipment from Cisco Systems Inc.

IoT devices have a very large spectrum of use with significant local (or country-specific) applications, Silicon Cloud said in its statement. The design of IoT nodes requires extensive use of analogue, mixed signal, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and multi-physics tools.

Silicon Cloud said it is planning to offer an end-to-end, seamless design platform for IoT node designs. In September 2014, it launched a pilot programme for cloud-based semiconductor design with 11 universities in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.

A pilot release of the IoT design enablement platform is scheduled for April 2015.

“With the Internet of Everything (IoE), spiralling demands for on-demand video, cloud services, LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobility, and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, as well as rising customer expectations for ubiquitous high-quality service connectivity, are putting tremendous pressure on network infrastructure and operations,” David West, chief technology officer, Systems Engineering & Architectures in Asia Pacific and Japan, Cisco.

“Often, the general-purpose processors in routers cannot achieve the necessary IoE performance, in which systems and subsystems must inter-connect and communicate billions of events, connections, and operations per second.

“Enabling the IoT revolution is at the forefront of Cisco strategy for transforming the way we connect, communicate and collaborate. The next wave of semiconductor and sensor designs are driven by devices that enable IoT.

“Silicon Cloud’s technology and offerings represent a major step for enabling IoT designs in developing countries,” he added.

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