Rival semiconductor giants ARM and Intel have agreed to work together to manage networks of connected devices from both firms, clearing a major stumbling block to market growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Britain’s ARM, a unit of Japan’s Softbank Corp, said on Monday it had struck a strategic partnership with Intel to use common standards developed by Intel for managing IoT devices, connections and data.
The IoT involves connecting simple chips that detect distance, motion, temperature, pressure and images to be used in an ever wider range of electronics such as lights, parking meters or refrigerators.
Some of the world’s dumbest electronics devices get smarter by becoming connected into cloud networks, but also harder to protect.
ARM’s agreement to adopt Intel standards for securely managing such networks marks a breakthrough that promises to drive the spread of IoT across many industries, the two companies said.
“We see a significant acceleration in terms of how the market will grow in terms of the number of managed devices and the volume of data that moves through these systems,” Himagiri Mukkamala, an ARM senior vice president and general manager for its IoT Cloud Services division, told Reuters in an interview.
The announcement came ahead of ARM’s annual technical conference set for this week in Silicon Valley.
ARM and Intel have long competed more broadly in processors for computers, networks and smartphones.