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Market Trends: AI in Edge Devices Creates Opportunities for Device Manufacturers

Published: 11 October 2017

ID: G00333973

Analyst(s): Annette Jump , Werner Goertz , Alan Priestley


The legacy model of all AI processing executing entirely on cloud servers is not scalable, creating near- to midterm opportunities for edge device vendors. Technology product management leaders for device vendors must develop a roadmap that plans for local AI processing and value creation.

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Market Trend

  • The AI Market Is Converging Around Distributed AI Frameworks
  • Edge AI Is Being Implemented Today
  • The Development of AI Solutions Requires Personal Device Vendors to Consider Two Phases
    • Developing and Training the AI Model/Neural Network
    • Determining How Best to Deploy the AI Solution for Customer/Client Use
  • Buyer Trend
    • New Value From Edge-Device AI for Users
  • Technology Trend
    • Semiconductor Innovation Is Laying the Groundwork for Edge Device AI
    • AI Frameworks Facilitate Implementation of Distributed AI Architectures

Contrarian View

  • Current Cloud Providers May Resist Migration to Edge-Based AI

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