Intel Preps New Wireless Sensor Technology
Intel Tuesday demonstrated its forthcoming wireless "mote" sensor technology that will let managers easily create sensor grids to watch over equipment and processes.Intel Corp. this week offered a demonstration of a forthcoming self-healing, wireless sensor technology. The sensor grid could improve the monitoring and analysis of environmental conditions and Intel said it will deploy the technology in its own manufacturing plants. Part passive sensor, part tiny computing device, Intels sensor "motes" will replace arrays of traditional wired sensors. Each mote, which costs $50 or so to produce, will be assigned to monitor part of a multimillion dollar production line, and sense any problems before they arise. The motes will check for changes in vibration, which could be a warning sign that a multimillion production line is going to fail. Intel currently uses field engineers, who seek out problems on foot. With the mote network in place, Intel will be able to assess and monitor potential problems in near-real time.
"The idea is that when this works, it will go into all of the fabs," said Lakshman Krishnamurthy, who calls himself a "principal investigator" on Intels Ecosense research project. The company invited reporters to its Santa Clara, Calif. headquarters on Tuesday afternoon for a glimpse at the future of IT, as Intel sees it.