Jabil Circuit Inc. said it has agreed to produce reference designs based on Intel Corp. intellectual property for “intelligent vending” manufacturers as semiconductor companies continue to push deeper into OEM design chains. The move enables Jabil to continue its focus on diversifying its services to include a wider segment of the manufacturing economy.
Intelligent vending machines have connectivity built in and represent the next stage in product development based on the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The products typically would have touch screen, telemetry, digital advertising, payment and transaction management and provide “integration with back office applications,” according to Jose Avalos, worldwide director of visual retail at Jabil.
By collaborating with Intel, the world’s biggest semiconductor vendor, Jabil could help OEMs who make vending machines reduce their time to market and reduce development costs. The alliance with Intel would also allow Jabil to produce platforms for vending machines based on the semiconductor vendor’s IoT retail gateway for intelligent vending, the company said.
“The Intel Architecture processor-based design, which Jabil will produce, is a flexible and cost-effective solution that combines all vending machine functions onto a single platform. Intelligent vending equipment manufacturers can purchase an Intel-designed platform from Jabil or request Jabil to build a customized version of this platform,” Jabil said, in a statement. “Jabil’s forward-thinking approach to manufacturing and vast experience in intelligent vending makes them the partner of choice for Intel that is well positioned to support their customers as they build their next state-of-the-art vending machines.”
The vending machine reference designs to be produced by Jabil would offer OEMs standardized designs for IoT enabled products, cutting development times, costs and supplier management. Jabil said OEMs can purchase referenced designs from it or request customized platforms.