On ambient intelligence, needful things and process technologies

C.J. Poel van der, F. Pessolano, R.L.J. Roovers, F.P. Widdershoven, G.J. Walle van de, E.H.L. Aarts, P. Christie

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Ambient intelligence refers to an electronic environment that is sensitive and responsive to the presence of people. Such an environment should be: 1) ubiquitous - surrounding the user by a multitude of interconnected systems; 2) transparent - integrated and "hidden" into the background; and 3) intelligent - adapting to the people that live in it. The potential to distribute functionality over a network of devices is determined by the power resources of the device, and upon considering these demands, it appears helpful to further classify in-home ambient intelligence "devices" into three distinct classes: the watt-node; the milli-watt-node; and the micro-watt-node. We try to map the system needs associated with these nodes, differing by orders of magnitude with respect to the amount of information to be processed as well as the available power, onto requirements for Si process technology choices.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE )
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)0-7803-8460-6
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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