The acquisition will assist the company with development of autonomous machines for the IoT.
Intel announced on April 5 that they are acquiring Yogitech, an Italy-based company focused on functional safety for semiconductors. The Yogitech team will join Intel’s IoT Group and use their expertise to help Intel with their development efforts in autonomous machines, robotics and advanced programs for the industrial IoT and automotive verticals.
Yogitech’s expertise is in the semiconductors that are crucial aspects of the operation of self-driving cars, robots, and other autonomous machines. They company ensures processors are performing properly and offers real-time alerts when processors go awry, leading to “functional safety” — a key element to the success of the IoT.
“The industry is now moving from automating data to inform better decisions, to automating actions informed by real-time data. You can see this evolution in the autonomous vehicle prototypes that nearly all have Intel inside, said Ken Caviasca of Intel’s IoT group in a blog post, “Functional safety is a requirement for these and other IoT customers. We see the combination of high performance and functional safety as a natural evolution of Intel’s IoT platform and strategy.”
Intel estimates that by 2020, at least 20 percent of the IoT will require functional safety. They say they are not ready to share a product roadmap yet, but are confident the Yogitech acquisition will take their autonomous systems development to the next level. Terms of the deal have not been made public.