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Intel Invests In Sensor Network Startup

Posted by iNext - 2006-03-29

Arch Rock, a wireless sensor software firm, said it had received $5 million worth of funding from Intel on Monday.
The funding derived from New Enterprise Associates, Shasta Ventures and Intel Capital. Roland Acra leads the company as chief executive, which was founded in 2005. Savid Culler, former head of Intel Research Berkley, invented TinyOS, a wireless platform for sensor networks.

"Arch Rock brings a great team to this emerging area and we are excited to see their focus on integrating wireless sensor networks into the service architecture of the enterprise," said Prasad Rampalli, vice president of the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel.

A sensor network combines a variety of sensors, such as a thermometer or a humidity sensor. The network can be connected wirelessly, with ZigBee as one of the most popular protocols.

Intel has always had a vested interest in routing as much data as it could through its microprocessors, and the investment in Arch Rock reflects that. In 2005, Intel said it would push its Xscale embedded chip architecture into a controller for sensor motes.

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