A highlight of our This Week in Supply Chain Tech column features announcements from Intel in the Internet of Things (IoT) technology deployment arena.

In conjunction with the Intel Industrial Summit 2020 being held this week Intel Corporation announced a variety of enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) technology enablement capabilities.

The termed 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel Atom® x6000E Series, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® N and J Series are part of a strategy that Supply Chain Matters has shared with readers, that being engineered information technology hardware designed and enhanced for specific computing and information management needs.

Intel IoT processor chips

Cloud based enterprise infrastructure and applications technology provider Oracle also adheres to an engineered systems strategy in the manufacturing of its own custom designed servers to enhance data management, response and robust information security and scalability needs.

In the case of Intel, the silicon designer and manufacturer works with third party developers and end customers to build proofs of concept, optimize solutions and collect feedback along the way. This engineered silicon has a variety of use cases, including:

Industrial: Real-time control systems and devices that meet functional safety requirements for industrial robots and for chemical, oil field and energy grid-control applications.

Transportation: Vehicle controls, fleet monitoring and management systems that synchronize inputs from multiple sensors and direct actions in semiautonomous buses, trains, ships and trucks.

Healthcare: Medical displays, carts, service robots, entry-level ultrasound machines, gateways and kiosks that require AI and computer vision with reduced energy consumption.

Retail and Hospitality: Fixed and mobile point-of-sale systems for retail and quick service restaurant with high-resolution graphics.

The declared strategy is to address select key vertical market IoT challenges, partner with market leaders in vertical segments including Manufacturing and Retail while differentiating with silicon, system performance and developer experience.

Innovations delivered with 11th Gen Intel Core processors are a response to challenges felt across the IoT industry: Edge system complexity, total cost of ownership (TCO) and a range of varied environmental conditions, particularly in customer demand, services and supply chain focused deployments. The specialized micro-processors and graphics chips bring enhanced capabilities to support the unique needs of IoT enabled business processes including near real-time data streaming and security needs, Cloud to Edge to end-point systems connectivity, low-power or challenging operating environments.

Intel indicates in today’s announcement that with a robust hardware and software portfolio, an unparalleled ecosystem and 15,000 customer deployments globally, the technology provider is providing robust solutions for the $65 billion Edge silicon market opportunity forecasted to exist by 2024.

John Healy, Intel Vice President of the Internet of Things Group and General Manager of Platform Management and Customer Engineering indicates:

By 2023, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge.  11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E Series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors represent our most significant step forward yet in enhancements for IoT, bringing features that address our customers’ current needs, while setting the foundation for capabilities with advancements in AI and 5G.

What seems especially attractive are Intel’s indications that with newer high-performing graphic displays, IoT work levels for continuous data capture and data visualization graphics can be separated among different custom processors. Further included in this next generation are enhanced data security measures including total memory encryption.

Intel indicates that the company has been engaged with upwards of 200 early access partners while 100 plus partners are aligned to this week’s announcements. Technology provider has further cultivated and is engaged with a vast ecosystem of more than 1,200 partners focused on Edge computing.


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