The rivals ARM and Intel make peace to protect the Internet of Things

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LONDON (Reuters) – Rival semiconductor giants ARM and Intel (INTC.O) have agreed to work together to manage the connected device networks of both companies, freeing a major obstacle to the growth of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) market.

The Intel logo is shown at E3, the world's largest video game convention in Los Angeles, California, United States, June 12, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

BRITISH UK, a unit of Japan Softbank Corp (4726.T), announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Intel to use common standards developed by Intel for the management of IoT devices, connections and data.

IoT provides for the connection of simple chips that detect distance, movement, temperature, pressure and images to be used in an ever wider range of electronic devices such as lights, parking meters or refrigerators.

Some of the world's stupidest electronic devices become smarter by connecting into cloud networks, but also harder to protect.

The ARM agreement to adopt the Intel standards for the secure management of such networks marks a turning point that promises to drive the dissemination of IoT in many areas, the two companies said.

"We see a significant acceleration in terms of market growth in terms of the number of managed devices and the volume of data that passes through these systems," said Himagiri Mukkamala, senior vice president of ARM and general manager for IoT cloud services division , he told Reuters in an interview.

The announcement came before the annual ARM technical conference scheduled for this week in Silicon Valley.

ARM and Intel have long been competing with each other in computer processors, networks and smartphones.

Most of the world's largest IoT chip suppliers are based on low-power ARM projects, including Microchip's NXP, Renesas and Atmel, while Intel, known for its powerful data processing processors, dominates the cloud data center market, where IoT data is processed and processed, said Gartner analyst Bill Ray.

Chip manufacturers are expected to ship around 100 billion ARM-based IoT devices in the next four to five years, corresponding to the total number of ARM chips shipped over the past 25 years, Mukkamala said.

ARM has predicted that up to 1 trillion IoT devices will be put to work in the world in the next two decades.

Typically, IoT devices are pre-loaded at the factory with access credentials to the network, leaving them open to many security vulnerabilities. Periodic corrections require manual updates by field technicians.

By allowing its devices to be managed through a single management platform, ARM and Intel are enabling the automation of these activities to keep them secure.

The Pelion IoT management platform recently introduced by ARM will be based on the Intel Secure Device Onboard specifications announced a year ago. This will allow customers who use IoT chips based on the products of both companies to manage them in the same system, the executives of the two companies said in separate blog posts.

Reporting by Eric Auchard in London; editing by Jason Neely

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