Industry 4.0, often signified as the fourth industrial revolution, is in essence a living network of machines, people and products enabling real-time optimization of the entire manufacturing flow. Intelligent manufacturing promises higher production efficiency from factory floors all the way through the value chain of manufacturing, supplier and distribution. This technology brief highlights some of the key attributes of the Industrial Internet from the semiconductor viewpoint, in particular the role of analog and embedded processing as key enabling technologies for the new wave of intelligent manufacturing.