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Enabling Technologies: Artificial Intelligence Edge Processor Architectures

The growth of IoT solutions, autonomous systems, virtual digital assistants, augmented and virtual reality, advanced manufacturing solutions, drones, robots, and other market opportunities is founded upon the intersection of sensors and processing semiconductors. Sensors capture information about the analog world and are at the heart of human-machine interaction. Systems intelligence, sensor fusion and, especially, artificial intelligence (AI) are dependent on the data from sensors to enable systems to work. Artificial intelligence is the extraction of information from and decision making based on digital signals to achieve a system's goal. The Enabling Technologies: Artificial Intelligence Edge Processor Architectures service provides the analysis, insights, and context technology providers, system OEMs, and end customers need to understand edge AI processing and sensor technology choices and future road maps. Of particular importance for the edge AI question — this program will help to map the competitive landscape of major suppliers to understand the varying technological choices in the market and how to position specific value propositions in the value chain.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Sensors — image and optical sensors, microphones, motion sensors, environmental sensors, magnetic and electrical sensors, and chemical sensors
  • AI processing semiconductors — MCUs, application processors, SoCs, AI accelerators, GPUs, and FPGAs
  • How the combination of sensor and processing technologies is enabling growth of AI and autonomous systems
  • Examination of technology trends in the computer vision, speech interaction, and related human-machine interaction areas
  • Examination of key opportunities for sensors and AI processing in the automotive, industrial, mobile computing, and smart home industries

Core Research

  • AI Processor Market Forecast
  • Edge AI Processing Ecosystems
  • Edge AI Processing Technology Assessments
  • AI and Computer Vision Technology and Applications
  • AI and Voice Interaction Technology and Applications
  • Analysis of Core AI Applications
  • AI Technology Analysis and Road Map

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. How has the competitive landscape for processors changed with the demand for AI processing?
  2. Which companies are driving AI processing at the edge?
  3. What are the key market and technology trends in edge AI?
  4. How are sensors and edge AI impacting human-machine interactions?
  5. What are the key applications that will drive the adoption of edge AI?
  6. What is the relationship between edge AI and sensors?

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Nina Turner

Research Manager, Worldwide Semiconductor Applications Forecaster