So, starting today, we are doing a new sub-community within the Intel Embedded Community, so I wanted to explain why we are doing this & introduce the first topic a bit: Security.

 

As you may know, from the Intel perspective, the Embedded Space have a few dozen different “segments” and thousands of different customers…

 

That is a LOT of facets to consider and far too many to be able to (practically) give even each segment its own area of focus, let alone each and every customer…

 

So, we started to think of things a bit differently – specifically, what are the commonalities between different “things” being built for the Embedded Space? What we think we’ve identified is less than a dozen pivotal “themes” (or “hot topics”) that apply to a multitude of different embedded applications & have some important changes or evolutions ongoing making it worth it to exam them with a little more detail.

 

The first one of these “Hot Topics” will be: Security

 

Now, admittedly, that is a bit of a broad topic – it can include everything from cryptography to surveillance, but for our purposes, we are going to mostly focus on Security as a group of technologies & less about their use in “security-related” market segments.

 

A great example is the Intel® Advance Encryption Standards – New Instructions (AES-NI) – something akin to what Intel® MMX did for Multimedia, AES-NI will do for some of the most common encryption usage cases. I won’t tout all the stats here (click the link to see a bunch of whitepapers) but there has been a non-trivial boost to AES performance thanks to this new technology. And, when you start to think about many of the up-and-coming Embedded Applications, like portable medical imaging, fitness training, and, of course, more advanced Automated Teller Machines – the need for good encryption and security is clear! Even something as simple as the use of the “cloud with Embedded” (see this blog by Henry Davis), makes a clear case for why having good security is a pivotal theme that matters to Embedded Developers.

 

So, for the next year or so, we’ll be bringing out a new hot topic every several weeks or so – which should be enough to keep this as a very active space…

 

However, while we’ve done plenty of “Embedded Campaigns” in the past, a big difference of this one is that we will be strongly relying on the Embedded Community to not only share with you what we think are important topics, but also, (and, more importantly), we want to hear what you think so we can all learn together. What do you think of Security in the Embedded Space? If you want, feel free to head over to the Poll we posted on the Intel Embedded Facebook page to see what some others thought, or just leave your opinion in the comments below, we _really_ want to hear from you!