Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has appointed Intel Malaysia as a technical advisor for the ‘Grow the Embedded Systems Industry’ Project (Embedded Project), one of eight projects identified for the first wave of the Digital Malaysia program.
[(Left) Prakash Mally, Country Manager Sales and Marketing, Intel Malaysia and Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO, Multimedia Development Corporation at the announcement of Intel Malaysia’s appointment for Digital Malaysia’s ‘Grow the Embedded Systems Industry’ Project (Embedded Project).]
Embedded systems are intelligent solutions with tightly coupled hardware and software integration designed to perform a dedicated function. These systems are currently represented in over 80 segments including wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage, in-vehicle infotainment and factory automation.
The Digital Malaysia Embedded Project intends to take measures to capture a larger portion of the global embedded systems market by developing local capabilities. These will include efforts to identify embedded systems pilot projects for funding and training, partnering in the development of reference designs, capacity building for research and development (R&D) in embedded systems and the development of a more complete end to end industry ecosystem that can better support the promotion of locally driven innovations on embedded systems.
According to Intel Malaysia, the chip maker is well-positioned to guide local businesses in developing intelligent systems based on embedded technologies. The company established an Intelligence Architecture Group (IAG) at its operations in Penang in 1992 and currently hosts several hundred engineers involved in embedded-specific product design and development, as well as platform solutions development.
Intel predicts that over 15 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2015 and that one third of these connected devices will be embedded systems. Globally, the market for embedded systems is estimated to grow at 6% to US$75B by 2020 .