Intel to Leverage Atom, Quark SoCs for Internet of Things
The chip maker unveils its IoT road map, which includes leveraging its chips and software capabilities.Intel executives are building out the company’s efforts around the burgeoning Internet of things with new and enhanced chips and plans for integrated gateways that will connect the massive numbers of legacy devices already on the market. The giant chip maker’s strategy includes new capabilities in its Atom E3800 systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), and leveraging its new low-power Quark X1000 SoC to bring Intel’s architecture into a range of new systems. In addition, Intel is working with its software subsidiaries Wind River and McAfee to develop a new line of intelligent gateways that will help connect legacy systems—which officials says make up 85 percent of today’s devices—into the growing Internet of things (IoT). The moves are designed to greatly expand Intel’s reach into an IoT market that IDC analysts have said could reach $8.9 trillion by 2020, and to accelerate the growth of the space, according to Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel's Intelligent Systems Group. “Intel has the vision to democratize the benefits of the Internet of things,” Steenman said during a Webcast press briefing Oct. 8.
The Internet of things envisions a time when massive numbers of intelligent appliances, systems and devices are connected to the Internet and each other, and data generated from these machines can be easily collected, stored and analyzed. A wide range of vendors—from IBM and Cisco Systems to low-power chip designer ARM—are growing strategies around IoT.