According to reports, Intel and ARM, the rival semiconductor giants have decided to work together in order to manage connected device networks and market the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) by clearing a major stumbling block.

On 15th October Monday, a unit of Japan’s Softbank Corp ‘Britain’s ARM’ mentioned that the company has agreed to partner with Intel so as to make use of common standards developed by Intel for managing connections, IoT devices, and data.

The IoT technology simply involves connecting chips that can easily detect motion, distance, pressure, temperature, and images that can be used in the modern day electronics devices such as parking meters, lights, or refrigerators. By getting connected to cloud networks, some of the world’s dumbest electronic devices are nowadays getting smarter. However, even after getting upgraded, these devices are many-a-times harder to protect.

The two iot companies mentioned through a statement that – For securely managing connected device networks the agreement for adoption of Intel standards by ARM marks a breakthrough that showcases the diversification of IoT across different industries.

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ARM senior vice president and general manager for its IoT Cloud Services division, Himagiri Mukkamala in an interview with Reuters mentioned:

“We see a significant acceleration in terms of how the market will grow in terms of the number of managed devices and the volume of data that moves through these systems.”

The announcement for ARM’s has come just ahead of the ARM’s annual technical conference which is scheduled to take place this week in Silicon Valley. There was a time when both the rival companies (Intel and ARM) competed against each other for processors to be used in networks, smartphones, and computers.

Gartner analyst Bill Ray said, Intel being the most powerful data-crunching processors has ranked up in the cloud data center market for offering high-quality IoT data which is processed and properly analyzed. On the other side, many worlds’ biggest IoT chips supplier relies on low-power ARM designs that include Renesas, NXP and Microchip’s Atmel.

Mukkamala said it is expected that Chipmakers in the next four to five years will ship around 100 billion ARM-based IoT devices which will equal to the total number of ARM chips that are shipped by the company. The company also predicts that close to 1 trillion IoT devices will be purchased by the customers over the next two decades which certainly will create an appropriate environment for the IoT industry to grow.

The primary concern with IoT devices is that they are open to many security vulnerabilities, as these devices come pre-loaded at the factory having network access credentials. Therefore, to keep everything safe, it is necessary for the technicians belonging to different fields to do manual upgrades after a certain period of time.

Thus, to keep the network strong, both Intel and ARM are now allowing their devices to be managed via a single management platform.