To drive its chips into new embedded markets, Intel is unveiling a family of industrial automation systems using its Wind River hypervisor and Core i7 processor.
At the Embedded World conference in Germany on today, Intel will detail its Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series for OEMs and system integrators. The solutions aim to reduce costs and design complexity by consolidating discrete subsystems into a single computing device.
Tim Appleton, an industrial product manager at Intel, told us that the series includes virtualization software from Wind River in a pre-configured product with multiple applications aiming to speed time to market.
Today's factory systems can support computer vision, robotic arms, data acquisition and human-machine interfaces, Appleton said. "The trend is to consolidate these devices into one multi-function device" for lower cost and easier management.
Two versions of the system will be available in the second quarter, along with a development kit.