09 March 2009 Intel and ARM set to enable future creativity Intel has always had an interest in embedded systems, but its focus has been on the desktop. You had the feeling the company didn't really take the embedded systems market seriously. But that's changed and Embedded World proved that. One of the words dominating the show was Atom. Well done, Intel's marketing department. Almost in one fell swoop, Intel has changed the face of the sector – companies that previously had no interest in what could be termed the 'low end' are now lining up with launches or announcements. The embedded systems sector is, effectively, unconquered territory for Intel. And there's a lot of territory to be conquered. IDC's recent prediction that there will be 15 billion connected devices out there by 2015 is an indication of the available market. previously. However, it's not going to have it all its own way. The other word concentrating people's minds was ARM. The Cortex-M3 core, which is finding its way into a lot of microcontrollers, will help to drive the migration to 32bit. What both devices are likely to enable is design creativity. And it's creativity that will continue to move the market forward. Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article Websites http://www.arm.comhttp://www.intel.com Companies ARM LtdIntel Corporation (UK) Ltd This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.