Recently, ARM and Intel have agreed to work together to manage networks of connected devices from both firms, clearing a major stumbling block to the market growth of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT).
ARM stated that it had struck a strategic partnership with Intel to use common standards developed by Intel for managing IoT devices, connections, and data.
The IoT involves connecting simple chips that detect distance, motion, temperature, pressure, and images to be used in an ever wider range of electronics such as lights, parking meters or refrigerators.
Some of the world’s dumbest electronics devices get smarter by becoming connected into cloud networks, but also harder to protect.
ARM’s agreement to adopt Intel standards for securely managing such networks marks a breakthrough that promises to drive the spread of IoT across many industries, the two companies said.
“We see a significant acceleration in terms of how the market will grow in terms of the number of managed devices and the volume of data that moves through these systems,” Himagiri Mukkamala, an ARM senior vice president and general manager for its IoT Cloud Services division, told the sources.
ARM and Intel have long competed more broadly in processors for computers, networks, and smartphones.
Chipmakers are expected to ship around 100 billion ARM-based IoT devices in the next four to five years, matching the total number of ARM chips shipped in the last 25 years, Mukkamala added.
ARM has predicted that as many as 1 trillion IoT devices will be put to work in the world over the next two decades.
Typically, IoT devices come pre-loaded at the factory with network access credentials, leaving them open to many security vulnerabilities. Periodic fixes require manual upgrades by technicians in the field.
By allowing their devices to be managed via a single management platform, ARM and Intel are enabling such tasks to be automated to keep them secure.
ARM’s recently introduced Pelion IoT management platform will rely on Intel’s Secure Device Onboard specifications announced a year ago. This will allow customers using IoT chips based on either company’s products to manage them in the same system as announced by the two company’s blog posts.