Monday, September 16, 2013

Intel Quark and Internet of Things

The world around us is becoming more connected every day, almost to a pervasive extent as microprocessors, bluetooth smart and WiFi integrate more than just consumer electronics into our online lives. Everything from the Nest thermostat to to WiFi enabled refrigerators contain SoCs, enabling us to access them remotely, or use them in ways that we never imagined before. Industrial use of these small, integrated chips is growing like crazy, too. The Internet of Things refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure.

Since Intel has missed smartphone and mobile markets which were led by Qualcomm,  its Developer Conference in this week kicked off with the debut of Quark, a set of processors designed for use in wearable gadgets and industrial sensors. Intel claimed that Quark chips are not only one fifth the size of the smallest Atom processor, but also consume as little as one tenth the power. Furthermore, the product line is based on an open architecture that gives partners breathing room to tailor their offerings to specific markets, like what has been done by ARM.  ARM-licensees such as Qualcomm have already shown interest in the wearable market. Let's see whether Intel’s Quark SoCs will be able to capture a significant slice of this burgeoning market.

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