Article: HW/SW Design At The Intelligent Edge

July 8th, 2019 – By: Ann Steffora Mutschler



Systems are extremely specific and power-constrained, which makes design extremely complex.


Adding intelligence to the edge is a lot more difficult than it might first appear, because it requires an understanding of what gets processed where based on assumptions about what the edge actually will look like over time.


What exactly falls under the heading of Intelligent Edge varies from one person to the next, but all agree it goes well beyond yesterday’s simple sensor-based IoT devices. Intelligent edge applications include anything from an autonomous vehicle to a drone, a 5G base station, a smart lighting system, and an automated factory. The common denominators are connectivity, partitioned and optimized data processing, and a level of analytics oversight that until now has been almost entirely done in the data center.