The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by the rising demand for scalable and flexible computing solutions, the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the need for seamless connectivity across various platforms, and growing importance of technologies such as virtualisation, containerisation, edge computing, and advanced network protocols to enable efficient data transmission, secure data management, and real-time processing capabilities for system-on-chip (SoC) devices connected to the cloud. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Cloud: SoC computing devices. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 2.5 million patents to analyse innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

SoC computing devices is a key innovation area in cloud

System-on-chip (SoC) computing devices consolidate all essential computer system components into a single chip, serving as self-contained computers. These devices encompass microprocessors, memory, storage, and digital signal processors, and they find application in numerous consumer electronic products such as smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 80+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of SoC computing devices.

Key players in SoC computing devices – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to SoC computing devices

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Intel 1089 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 316 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 286 Unlock Company Profile
Micron Technology 174 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 116 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 104 Unlock Company Profile
Amano 83 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 80 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 72 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Micro Devices 69 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 64 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 58 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 55 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 43 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 41 Unlock Company Profile
Microchip Technology 36 Unlock Company Profile
NVIDIA 35 Unlock Company Profile
Cbfi Investment 31 Unlock Company Profile
Xockets 31 Unlock Company Profile
Renesas Electronics 30 Unlock Company Profile
Empire Technologies 28 Unlock Company Profile
SambaNova Systems 23 Unlock Company Profile
China Pacific Insurance 23 Unlock Company Profile
STMicroelectronics 23 Unlock Company Profile
SK Square 21 Unlock Company Profile
Western Digital 21 Unlock Company Profile
Legend 20 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 18 Unlock Company Profile
III Holdings 2 18 Unlock Company Profile
LG 16 Unlock Company Profile
Synopsys 16 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 16 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 15 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 15 Unlock Company Profile
Olympus 14 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 14 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 13 Unlock Company Profile
Blu Wireless Technology 13 Unlock Company Profile
Scientia Sol Mentis 13 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 12 Unlock Company Profile
American Megatrends 10 Unlock Company Profile
Mythic 10 Unlock Company Profile
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 10 Unlock Company Profile 10 Unlock Company Profile
CEA 10 Unlock Company Profile
Compellent Technologies 10 Unlock Company Profile
Appassure Software 10 Unlock Company Profile
Capgemini 9 Unlock Company Profile
Next Silicon 9 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 9 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Intel is one of the leading patent filers in SoC computing devices. The company’s patents are aimed at technologies for low-latency compression in a data centre. In an illustrative embodiment, a storage sled compresses data with a low-latency compression algorithm prior to storing the data. The latency of the compression algorithm is less than the latency of the storage device, so that the latency of the storage and retrieval times are not significantly affected by the compression and decompression.

In other embodiments, a compute sled may compress data with a low-latency compression algorithm prior to sending the data to a storage sled.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Samsung and Microsoft.

By geographic reach, Panduit leads the pack, followed by Everactive and Capgemini. In terms of application diversity, Dualitas holds the top position, followed by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory and Broadcom.

SoC computing devices can revolutionise the way people utilise and interact with technology. By leveraging the power of cloud computing, SoC devices can offload intensive processing tasks to remote servers, enabling advanced functionalities and improved user experiences. This cloud-based approach offers several benefits, including increased computational capabilities, enhanced storage capacity, seamless software updates, and efficient utilisation of resources. 

To further understand how cloud is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing – Thematic Intelligence.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.