Intel expects functional safety to play a major role in the IoT market segment in the coming years. In fact, the company predicts that nearly a third of the segment will need to place a greater focus on functional safety by 2020.
A recent acquisition made by the company shows just how faithfully it follows its own projections.
Intel is acquiring Yogitech, a small Italian company that focuses on functional safety for semiconductors. The terms of the agreement were not shared by Intel, which made the announcement via a blog post from Ken Caviasca, VP and GM of platform engineering and development for Intel’s Internet of Things group.
Caviasca said the move is advantageous to the company’s goals of becoming successful in the autonomous car and robotics industries, as well as other industries where the presence of functional safety is important.
“For years, Intel has been providing high-performance IoT systems that allow people and businesses to make better-informed decisions,” Caviasca wrote. “The industry is now moving from automating data to inform better decisions, to automating actions informed by real-time data. You can see this evolution in the autonomous vehicle prototypes that nearly all have Intel inside. Functional safety is a requirement for these and other IoT customers. We see the combination of high performance and functional safety as a natural evolution of Intel’s IoT platform and strategy.”
Yogitech will operate under Intel’s Internet of Things group, but Caviasca did not speculate as to what the company will do.[Via TechCrunch]
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