Ambient Intelligence: Impact on Embedded Sytem Design by Twan Basten, Marc Geilen, Harmke de Groot (auth.), Twan

By Twan Basten, Marc Geilen, Harmke de Groot (auth.), Twan Basten, Marc Geilen, Harmke de Groot (eds.)

Hugo de guy Professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Senior examine Fellow IMEC The regular evolution of undefined, software program and communications know-how is speedily reworking the computer- and dot.com international into the area of Ambient Intelligence (AmI). This subsequent wave of data know-how is fundam- tally various in that it makes dispensed stressed and instant computing and conversation disappear to the history and places clients to the foreground. AmI adapts to humans rather than the wrong way round. it's going to increase our realization, visual display unit our well-being and safety, advisor us via site visitors and so on. briefly, its final objective is to enhance the standard of our existence via a quiet, trustworthy and safe interplay with our social and fabric setting. What makes AmI engineering so attention-grabbing is that its layout starts off from learning individual to global interactions that have to be carried out as an int- ligent and independent interaction of almost all useful networked digital intelligence at the globe. this can be a new and intriguing size for many opt for- cal and software program engineers and should allure extra inventive expertise to engineering than natural expertise does. improvement of the major know-how for AmI will in simple terms prevail if the engineering study group is ready to hitch forces in an effort to make Mark Weiser’s dream of 1991 come real. it will no longer be enterprise as ordinary via simply doubling transistor count number or clock velocity in a microprocessor or expanding the bandwidth of communication.

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38 AMBIENT INTELLIGENCE: IMPACT ON EMBEDDED SYSTEM DESIGN In addition‚ since bandwidth is related to the frequency range‚ it also affects coverage. ‚ walls)‚ while high frequencies require clear line-ofsight. For each particular application‚ throughput decreases as distance from the transmitter or access point increases. Given these constraints‚ wireless LAN (WLAN) technology appears to be a good compromise between bandwidth requirements and environmental constraints. 11 group of standards [15] and the ETSI HiperLAN/2 [12] standard are currently filling the gap between short-distance point-to-point technologies like BlueTooth [8] and 3G mobile phone systems like UMTS.

A fairly weak performance indicator which still has high marketing value is clock speed. State-of-the-art general purpose processors in 2003 are indeed clocked at frequencies exceeding by a significant amount the 2GHz mark. Such fast clock speeds put microprocessors well ahead of any other large-scale digital VLSI design‚ especially for what concerns the techniques developed to overcome the formidable clock distribution challenges. To meet cycle time constraints‚ micro-architecture has evolved toward deeply pipelined solutions‚ where only a few (8-12) stages of logic are available on the critical path of a stage.

SpecINT and SpecFP) are now routinely used. A fairly weak performance indicator which still has high marketing value is clock speed. State-of-the-art general purpose processors in 2003 are indeed clocked at frequencies exceeding by a significant amount the 2GHz mark. Such fast clock speeds put microprocessors well ahead of any other large-scale digital VLSI design‚ especially for what concerns the techniques developed to overcome the formidable clock distribution challenges. To meet cycle time constraints‚ micro-architecture has evolved toward deeply pipelined solutions‚ where only a few (8-12) stages of logic are available on the critical path of a stage.

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