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Context-Aware Computing Drives Smart Sensors and Distributed Processing in Mobile Electronic Architecture

Published: 24 July 2013

ID: G00249612

Analyst(s): Adib Carl Ghubril, Angela McIntyre


A truly productive human-computer interaction entails interface technologies that discern intent rather than mere inputs. Such computing platforms consist of sophisticated sensors and algorithms that electronic system architects must design while maintaining a strict power budget.

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  • The demand for context information, by application developers, is met with interface technologies that process multiple input types across multiple modalities, which necessitates more sensors in computing circuits
  • Sensor content in mobile computing circuits is increasing faster than any other device type, subsequently loading onboard processing resources faster as well
  • Power requirements of mobile computing functions are rising faster than battery capacity projections

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