New Internet concepts such as machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and cloud computing are transforming embedded design. Entirely new categories of connected devices and use models are emerging, creating new applications in retail, medical, transportation and logistics, building automation, energy management, and other fields. By moving embedded connectivity away from proprietary technologies to open platforms, these M2M solutions can reduce capital and operating expenditures (CAPEX and OPEX), while creating opportunities for new and increased revenue streams.
The challenge is finding the right platform to provide these benefits. M2M and cloud computing technologies require powerful hardware to run sophisticated connectivity applications; embedded-specific device middleware to shorten the design cycle; and applications and services to enable the supporting infrastructure. Intel® architecture (IA) is an excellent match for each of these needs. Intel makes a wide range of high-performance, low-power embedded processors with advanced wired, wireless, and cellular network connectivity. These processors are supported by a robust ecosystem, the Intel® Embedded Alliance. The Alliance’s 160-plus members collaborate closely with Intel to provide best-in-class hardware, operating systems, applications, development tools, and services that help developers accelerate development and take advantage of the latest technologies for building a connected world.
This white paper will discuss how standards-based IA platforms can expedite the buildout of M2M solutions by enabling easier connectivity, providing faster time to market, and reducing deployment costs. It will also provide examples of standards-based connectivity solutions from Alliance members.
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