A rise in the level of network integration and ever larger bandwidth have paved the way for increasingly complex, remote IT management of embedded systems. Remotely managing and monitoring common tasks such as troubleshooting, power management and system verification is a fundamental cornerstone to reducing overall operational costs. Remote management also contributes to minimizing or eliminating technician onsite visits that in the past were needed to diagnose and repair any issues. In today’s highly networked environment, it almost goes without saying that remote management must occur within tight security channels. Therefore, embedded system designers must also deliver reliable, trusted system solutions that can be adapted to the unique implementations of each embedded system so it will operate as intended even when it is unmanned or remote.
Now, a rich selection of embedded computing platforms gives designers the advanced manageability and maintenance features they need based on integrated Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT). Intel AMT is one of the technologies that is part of the Intel vPro technology suite, which is integrated into its third generation Intel® Core™ vPro processor family, the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 product family and associated chipsets. Along with AMT, the Intel vPro technology suite includes Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT). Together, all these technologies provide hardware support for advanced management functions, virtualization and platform security so that embedded systems are more secure, less costly to service, and enable increased software and operational flexibility.
Using the third generation Intel processor family as an example, designers have the flexibility to choose the embedded computing form factor that best suits a particular application or market requirement from a list of commercial off-the-shelf and customized solutions. These include Computer-on-Modules (COM), embedded motherboard, CompactPCI and VPX processor boards, and even a new open pluggable specification (OPS)-compliant solution for intelligent digital signage. All provide Intel AMT features. The implementation of embedded platforms with Intel vPro and AMT technologies can greatly improve system management, increase security and streamline development.
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