"Unlike ARM, Intel has no synthesizeable version of its x86 core, preferring the performance of a fixed core..." - But Intel's Atom core is synthesizable?!? Check this out: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1508128.1508160/ (72 downloads in last 6 months and I am one of the 72). Usually when you get into SoC business, making synthesizable chip is more meaningful as vendor may want to add their own homemade cookies to it.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.