Intel Begins to Lay Out Its Road Map for the Internet of Things

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-10-10

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stood on the stage at the company’s Intel Developer Forum in September, holding the first of a new family of systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), dubbed Quark. Smaller than Intel’s low-power Atom platform, the Quark chips are aimed at the embedded market, for segments such as wearable devices and the growing Internet of things (IoT). On Oct. 8, Intel execs in a Webcast press conference began to lay out its IoT strategy, which will include not only the Quark X1000 SoC, but also the Atom E3800. The chips, with such key features as error-correcting code (ECC) memory and integrated security, will be foundational components for Intel’s foray into the IoT, which will include gateways with integrated software from subsidiaries McAfee and Wind River and a growing group of hardware and software partners. IDC forecasts that the Internet of things, in which billions of intelligent, connected devices generated massive amounts of data that can be collected, stored and analyzed in the cloud, could become an $8.9 trillion market by 2020. A wide range of tech companies—from Cisco to IBM to ARM—wants in on IoT, but Intel officials believe its industry reach gives it a significant advantage over competitors. Here is a look at the Intel’s plans. (Photos by Intel)


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