20 Oct Rockwell adopts new Intel embedded processors, designed with its input
Rockwell Automation, Inc., a Milwaukee-headquartered maker of automation and IT systems for manufactuers, says it will start using a new line of embedded processors from Intel and that it worked with the chip manufacturer on their design.
Intel’s IXP processor line runs in a variety of embedded devices. The IXP465 is adapted to the demands of manufacturing environments, a Rockwell statement said. The company said it will use the processors to improve communications between factory floors and back offices.
The new chip is also billed as having an open, standard interface, breaking away from past proprietary designs. It could find uses in other embedded networking devices such as printers.
Intel has recently shifted its focus on a large scale from ever-increasing speed to a wider array of processors with specialized features. A statement from the company said Rockwell contributed knowledge of the “rigorous demands” of industrial environments.
Rockwell employs about 20,000 people internationally.