Intel Acquires Yogitech to Strenghen Its Internet of Things Group
Intel acquired Italian semiconductor company to strengthen its IoT and autonomous car system. Yogitech is the small company which has worked closely with other chip makers. As part of Intel, Yogitech will be part of Internet of things group.
The Santa Clara-based company estimated that around 30% of the IoT market segment will need a functional safety by 2020. For years, Intel has been working on the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which enhance safety in the transportation and factory systems.
ADAS is a technology behind the assisted parking in current automobiles. The technology also become the most important part of the autonomous vehicle technoly and other IoT-related market. Anticipating the future increase of functional safety technology, Intel acquire Yogitech, the Italian semiconductor company.
Yogitech is known for its functional safety and the processes to build them into semiconductors. Its flagship technology, faultRobust, is a system performing functional safety analysis which is built into an integrated circuits. Previously, the Italian company had worked with other chip makers such as Texas Instruments, ARM, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and ST Microelectronics.
In its official press release, Intel announced the acquisition on Tuesday, April 5. Vice president and general manager of platform engineering and development in the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel Corporation, Ken Caviasca, said, "We're excited to welcome the YOGITECH team to Intel. While we're not ready to share product roadmap details yet, this team and technology will take our autonomous systems efforts to the next level."
Intel acknowledged that in the near future, IT systems will merge with operational systems in buildings, factories and vehicles. Therefore, a functional safety such as Yogitech's technology become an important piece in a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) market opportunities.
Tech Crunch reported that although Intel did not share how the technology will be implemented, but prior acquisition of Altera could point out where it would work. In June 2015, Intel acquired Altera, the manufacturer of integrated circuit to become the Programmable Solution division in Intel.
Following the acquisition team from Altera work on the "lockstep" safety solution for the Nios II embedded processor. Altera said the solution would reduce risk in design cycles and help system designers to simplify certification for industrial and automotive safety applications.
Intel also reportedly made another acquisition to strengthen its IoT Division. According to Forbes, Wind River unit, an Intel division that focuses on IoT software has bought Arynga, company that build software which allow cars to receive over-the-air updates. Over-the-air updates is a crucial part for safety as carmakers can update software in their cars on-the-fly, instead of recalling the product.
Intel has moved further ahead with its IoT and autonomous car technology. The company acquired Yogitech which build a functional safety processss and embedded them in chip. Yogitech will become part of Intel IoT division.