In a rare move, rival chipmakers Intel and Arm have agreed to share a common vision for the Internet of Things (IoT): to connect "any device to any cloud."
In a company blog post, Lorie Wigle, vice president of Software and Services Group and general manager of Internet of Things Security at Intel Corporation, disclosed that Intel is teaming up with Arm to enable companies to securely onboard both Intel and Arm IoT devices to any application or cloud framework.
For its part, Arm announced the collaboration with Intel and the launch of the Pelion IoT Platform.
"The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) presents a tremendous opportunity to disrupt the way we interact with devices and the world around us. However, solving the complexity, fragmentation and diversity challenges of IoT devices and the data generated by them is not an easy task," said Dipesh Patel, president, IoT Services Group, Arm, in a news release.
The announcements came ahead of Arm's technical conference, Arm TechCon 2018, in San Jose, California, which starts today (October 16).
Wiggle disclosed in the blog post that Intel Secure Device Onboard was launched to enable provisioning to a target cloud platform seconds after the device is powered on in the field.
"The collaboration with Arm aims to extend this capability from Intel devices to include the Arm devices that commonly are deployed together by customers," she said.
How does it work?
Wiggle presented a video that that shows how Intel and Arm devices can be credentialed and provisioned in seconds to join any cloud application framework.
Commenting on the partnership, Michela Menting, director, ABI Research, said that Intel and Arm are simplifying one of IoT’s most complex and challenging barriers — streamlining the manufacturing and security deployment workflows for IoT.
"This is an ROI win for the customer, who will be able to deploy both Intel- and Arm-based devices at a lower cost and with less friction between IT and OT, while at the same time retaining flexibility over their data and cloud partner choice until the deployment phase,” she said.
Meanwhile, Arm also announced other IoT strategic partnerships with other companies such as Sprint, which is reportedly leveraging Pelion, along with the Arm Platform Security Architecture (PSA) as the foundation of their Curiosity IoT, a dedicated and fully virtualized IoT core network and OS.
Arm said it is also collaborating with Los Angeles-based IoT company MyDevices and an open-source electronics platform Arduino to deliver greater IoT flexibility, simplicity and scalability for organizations.