Broadcom wants Internet of things applications to grow like wildflowers. So the chip giant is releasing a development kit today that will make it easier to create prototypes of Internet of things applications using a standard wireless platform dubbed WICED.
The Internet of things brings computing intelligence and Internet connectivity to previously dumb devices, from coffee machines to thermostats. Combining computers, connectivity, and sensors should lead to an explosion of devices. By 2020, Internet-connected devices are expected to number between 26 billion and 50 billion, according to Raymond James & Associates. The IoT European Research Center estimates there are 80 things connecting to the Internet for the first time every second, and by 2020, this should expand to 250 every second. And those devices will need connectivity.