Demands on Embedded Devices in a Connected World: Paper

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Demands on Embedded Devices in a Connected World: Paper

The introduction of microcontrollers gave rise to the first embedded systems, which were standalone devices designed for a particular task. No longer independent islands, embedded systems—by the billions—are now tied together by pervasive networking that fosters new interdependencies through greater information sharing. The quick pace of innovation is driving devices to also be multi-functional, as they must process and quickly exchange more information. Devices are becoming more intelligent as they run machine learning algorithms and real-time analytics that enable their behavior to evolve.

The connected world is creating opportunities for devices that have computing headroom and greater flexibility, enabling them to be reprogrammed to deliver additional intelligent services over time. Consider a home energy management system today that displays basic usage data collected by a smart meter; tomorrow, the same system may have to control home appliances, powering them on/off in a way that minimizes the utility bill per the household's Time-of-Day plan. This model requires developers to add more functionality in-place—in a flexible and evolutionary way—to satisfy the new demands end-customers are placing on embedded systems. This is a trend throughout the embedded industry, including:

• Intelligent digital signage is taking advantage of computing technology to offer all kinds of information that is more relevant to the audiences and contexts in which they're deployed.
• Factory automation systems are becoming more flexible to accommodate the changing tastes and rapid adoption of products and technologies by end-customers.
• Camera vision systems in vehicles are making drivers aware of nearby traffic by issuing lane departure warnings that help prevent accidents on the road.

Read the full Demands on Embedded Devices in a Connected World White Paper.