On April 3, the Intel® Embedded Alliance received a new name and a renewed focus. Now known as the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, this ecosystem of 200+ global members remains committed to helping developers innovate by supplying everything from modular components to market-ready systems. What’s changed is the Alliance’s increased focus on intelligent systems, a new sub-category recently identified by research firm IDC along with Intel, Microsoft, and other industry leaders. For developers, this makes the Alliance a great resource for them


The inteISa_rgb_68.pnglligent systems market is the next big opportunity in the embedded world. The industry is in the midst of a rapid evolution from isolated, fixed-function devices to smart, cloud-connected systems. This new breed of electronics is bringing together everything from enterprise IT to consumer electronics in a continuum of connected, interacting devices.


Nearly every aspect of our lives is being touched by these intelligent systems. (For an example, see this interesting blog on intelligent vending machines.) According to IDC, the market for intelligent systems will reach nearly 4 billion units by 2015, representing over $2 trillion in revenue. Roughly 1 billion intelligent systems will ship into markets such as automotive, retail, communications, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and mil/aero.


By the IDC definition, intelligent systems should incorporate:

  • Advanced processing capabilities (e.g., 32-bit and higher multi-core processors with integrated graphics and media engines)
  • Support for higher level operating systems, applications, and Internet access
  • Wired or wireless connectivity to the network, other devices, and the cloud
  • Built-in solutions for security, manageability, and context awareness (including intuitive user recognition)
  • Cloud-enabled commerce and services


Intel and the Alliance are already supplying these ingredients, making the ecosystem an excellent resource for developers entering this new market. Moving forward, the Alliance will increase its focus on supplying the performance, connectivity, manageability, and security needed to create intelligent systems. Alliance members use Intel® architecture and technologies to address these key capabilities, and in many cases, collaborate on market-ready systems that developers can customize with their own software. The latest issue of Embedded Innovator magazine provides examples of some of the many ways that

Alliance members are using Intel® solutions and working together to help developers simplify the design process and deploy intelligent systems ahead of their competition.


Look for upcoming blogs by myself and other roving reporters to get the inside track on advanced Alliance solutions you can use to develop your intelligent systems and meet the changing needs of the industries your company serves. Also, to learn more about how Intel® products meet the needs for this new market, visit the Intel® Intelligent Systems website.