From cars to home heating to industrial processes, electrification is the megatrend taking the planet by storm. Each of these end applications requires infrastructure powered by a single sector—electricity. The push to electrify everything is accelerating through a combination of regulation, consumer pull, and a general ethos around sustainable practices.
Electrification calls for reimagining how we refuel our cars, heat and cool our homes, and power our industries. As the world transitions toward sustainability, technological advancements in electrification are enabling renewables (like solar, wind, and hydro) to become viable, low-cost alternatives to traditional fossil fuel sources of power (like oil, gas, and coal). Furthermore, as the grid evolves, the distribution and management of electricity are changing. Localized pockets (called microgrids) are forming with tightly coupled energy storage capacity, and this further exacerbates the challenge to deliver electricity reliably to all users in the presence of the tremendous growth of electric vehicles (EVs). From a technology perspective, the distributed nature of assets like cars, homes, and manufacturing sites is giving rise to the Intelligent Edge where analog sensing meets digitalization. Simply put, we need intelligence everywhere: at every vehicle component, every sensor, every actuator, every storage system, and every metering point.
Data is the lifeblood of this new technology world. To create and capture value, technology developers like ADI must interact in new ways throughout the ecosystem. Our focus is to learn and co-create, as we develop complete subsystems at the Intelligent Edge with our partners. As we grow, we are bringing in new expertise, in areas that stretch beyond the typical approaches into areas like artificial intelligence, data science, virtualization, battery chemistry, and more. Plus, we are advancing our IP strategy to include systems and standardization to drive the industry. In taking a holistic view of intelligence at the edge and in designing with the total cost of ownership in mind, we are enabling the Intelligent Edge to stretch into the key area for value creation and growth for the foreseeable future.