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Cisco invests in new Singapore cloud centre

Posted: 25 Mar 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Internet of things? M2M? LTE? cloud computing? MEMS?

Silicon Cloud has announced that its new cloud centre will be operational starting March 2015. The cloud centre supports development of infrastructure and framework for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The cloud centre, which received funding from Singapore's Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme and equipment from Cisco, is located in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

IoT devices have a very large spectrum of use with significant local applications. The design of IoT nodes requires extensive use of analogue, mixed signal, Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and multi-physics tools. Silicon Cloud is planning to offer an end-to-end, seamless design platform for IoT node designs. In September 2014, Silicon Cloud launched a pilot programme for cloud-based semiconductor design with 11 universities in Singapore, the UAE and Malaysia. A pilot release of the IoT design enablement platform is scheduled for April 2015.

The semiconductor platform simplicity, lower development cost and wide range of applications foster an unprecedented era of semiconductor design opportunities for small to medium size companies and developing countries.

"With the Internet of Everything [IoE], spiralling demands for on-demand video, cloud services, LTE 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," said David West, CTO, systems engineering & architectures in Asia Pacific and Japan at Cisco. "Often, the general-purpose processors in routers cannot achieve the necessary IoE performance, in which systems and sub-systems must inter-connect and communicate billions of events, connections and operations per second. Silicon Cloud's technology and offerings represent a major step for enabling IoT designs in developing countries."

"As a research-intensive university, SUTD researchers will utilise this high performance and secure cloud computing platform for their next generation of IoT research and design, with application to healthcare and Smart Nation systems," said Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, associate provost at Singapore University of Technology and Design.

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