Electronic devices are becoming more connected every day.


Did you know?


In 1984 the number of internet devices was 1,000.


By 1992 it was one million and by 2008 it was one billion and predicated to hit two billion this year.


But can you image 15 Billion Intelligent Connected Devices? This is the expectation by 2015 according to research firm IDC. Today millions of intelligent devices are already connected and controlling each other without the need for human intervention.


There are several layers of technology needed to make all of this happen. I moderated a recent E-cast on this topic where we talked about infrastructure technology that will allow these billions of devices to be interconnected.


The E-cast began with a short introduction to the new Intel® Xeon® 5500 processor series for embedded computing and what the processor can do to help facilitate this phenomenal growth. Steve Palermo, a Product Manager for Intel's Embedded and Communication Group, covered the platform overview and technical highlights of the Intel® Xeon® 5500 processor series.


The second part of the E-cast focused on how standards-based, secure, customizable boards and systems allow companies developing military, aerospace/government, medical, communications, storage and industrial applications to design revolutionary devices that will play a big role in the Embedded Internet. Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance member, Trenton Technology, presented an overview of NTM6900 Embedded Motherboard and how it can be used in a wide variety of embedded applications. Jim Renehan, the director of marketing and business development at Trenton Technology gave a brief overview of the key features and the problems of low-power, high performance and PCI Express expansion slots that the product was addressing.


What most intrigued me was Jim's discussion on application case studies. He presented several examples in communications, military, medical, industrial automation and government applications where he discussed some of the key problems designers faced. Jim then clearly presented why the NTM6900 with the Intel® Xeon® 5500 processor could address each problem. Product longevity and power/performance were the key issues in most cases.


You can view the E-cast in its entirety at OpenSystems Media E-cast library.