Expanding Coverage of Embedded Vertical, Horizontal, and Global Technology

By John Blyler and Jane Lin-Li

It's no understatement to claim that embedded systems are everywhere. For this reason, I continue to expand the coverage of Embedded Intel® Solutions magazine to include vertical (industrial, automotive, medical, etc.) applications. The issues also spotlight horizontal technologies, which span all of the vertical arenas and global—especially Chinese—markets.

The current issue of the magazine typifies this approach with topics that cover the breadth of today's embedded applications. They range from automotive, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) systems and the global rise of broadband IP-television (IPTV) devices to embedded medical technology. Looking horizontally across all of these different market applications, several important topics stand out: the emergence of "green" consciousness among electronic designers/manufacturers and the arrival of the Intel x86-based system-on-a-chip (SoC). This issue examines these critical horizontal technologies and much more.

For coverage of the Chinese market, I'm fortunate to have Jane Lin-Li as the Associate Editor of our sister print publication, Embedded Intel Solutions – China. In addition to understanding today's embedded technology, Jane has firsthand experience in the business and cultural differences between Chinese and American engineering companies and professionals. These attributes have already shown their worth in her insightful interviews with leading Chinese university professors, analysts, and corporate leaders (see previous issues of EIS-China).

In Jane's own words: "Being right in the middle of the East and West culturally, my goal as the Chinese-American Editor of Embedded Intel Solutions – China is to introduce topics and concepts from the western world that are of importance and interest to the Chinese embedded community. I wish to do the same but in the reverse direction—China to the western world—as a contributing writer to the English edition of the magazine. As John mentioned, the hallmark of globalization is diversity. While technologies in themselves are as universal as music and sports, the inspirations behind them and the aspirations of where they may lead are often uniquely foreign. They are flavored with local influences depending on where the technologies originated. It is, however, undeniable that advancing technology demands the coming together of global communities to make things better."

"This year, Intel celebrates 30 years of continuous leadership in innovation and technology advancement. This legacy sets the tone for much of this issue of Embedded Intel Solutions – China magazine. It provides the backdrop for topics that highlight a trend in collaboration as a key approach to doing business and making a difference. To define and enable an ecosystem of interoperable personal healthcare devices, for example, Continua Health Alliance was formed. This alliance strives to improve the time and quality of getting medical and health information—as well as healthcare—to the professionals who need it. In this article, the author paints a picture of how technology as applied to the medical IT field can make a major impact on people's lives and lifestyles.

In addition, the Green Grid—a global consortium of technology companies—recently held its inaugural technology summit in Colorado to define the organization's first set of initiatives. These initiatives will address the reduction of power consumption in the data centers. Although the idea of green isn't new, it's crucial that the technology community now comes together to endorse the concept and apply itself as an agent of change in this area.

This issue also spotlights the Intel® Communities Alliance (ICA), a network of embedded developers and solution vendors with products and services that are built on the latest Intel® processors and platforms. The ICA continues to exert its influence as member companies apply the latest know-how to advance the embedded field. Their impact is felt in industries ranging from in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) to gaming.

Both Jane and I hope that you—the reader—will continue to find this magazine of value as you design embedded applications. As always, we look forward to receiving your thoughts on what's in this issue as well as what should be included in future issues. Please contact us at jblyler@extensionmedia.com or jane_linli@extensionmedia.com.