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Computing in Devices

In this blog, we've been talking about some of the major shifts that are underway in computing. One of the biggest is the change in the edge of the enterprise -- the movement from computers as devices to computers in devices.


There was a good example recently out of Purdue. They've been striving for a way to create Nanonet circuits that can be built in flexible sheets at lower temperatures and simpler processes. A while back, I visited the Brick nanotechnology lab at Purdue and saw some of the interesting work going on, so I took notice when I saw the article.


Although techniques like this don't make high powered computing devices, they can make devices that can be integrated into products and provide information as well as a smarter environment. We've had a few blog entries about the changing role of IT in business value generation and the shifting view of IT architecture (becoming even more flexible and assembled). As these circuit fabrication techniques become readily available, they will effect an organization's IT and the kinds of perspective shifts enabled within the business, causing even greater business value generation.


The tools we have available and know how to use effect how we think of the problem. There is a rule of thumb that "it is ten times more expensive to process a byte of data remotely than process it locally". So, if some of the work can be done locally as part of the device itself, we can build solutions we've never dreamed of before.

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