Smart Modules: A Winning IoT Device Development Strategy

Constant innovation is imperative in IoT products and services, including upgrading and building new products. Companies are urged to adopt emerging IoT technologies to gain a competitive edge. Choosing the right design strategy can lead to project success. 

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3 IoT Device Development Approaches 

The three common approaches to device development are: 

  • Chip down 
  • IoT module 
  • IoT smart module 

The chip down approach involves building a device piece by piece. It results in a complex, time-consuming process that can take up to five years to complete. Certification complexities and high costs make this approach challenging.  

On the other hand, the IoT module approach offers a prebuilt system with tested and certified components. It reduces the time to market and development costs. 

The innovative IoT smart module approach is optimized for device development and enhanced with multimedia-rich capabilities. Use cases for smart modules include: 

  • Augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) 
  • Drones 
  • Robotics 
  • Industrial tablets 

IoT smart modules integrate an external host CPU, making them ideal for devices with complex human-machine interfaces. In addition, this approach is easy to implement and simplifies upgrading. 

In this session, we compare the three approaches and explore factors such as:  

  • Time to market  
  • R&D knowledge base  
  • Required resources 
  • Risk profiles 

Using the chip down approach may seem cheaper per unit. However, it faces challenges because of certification and time, which can make the project unviable. In contrast, the IoT module and smart module approaches offer faster development times and reduced costs for IoT applications. 

Key Takeaways

In a landscape where long development cycles are unsustainable, understanding the nuances of each approach becomes critical. Watch this webinar to discover why you should choose the smart module approach for your device development strategy.  

You will learn: 

  • Insights to navigate IoT device development complexities and mitigate risks 
  • The benefits and challenges of each approach 
  • What you need to consider when choosing the best approach for your IoT project