Intel Shrinks RealSense 3D Cameras for Smartphones
Intel officials also highlighted some of the work being done in China with Intel technology, from Intel-based Internet of things (IoT) gateways to a commercial vehicle telematics platform to an air monitoring system based on Intel's Edison development platform. In addition, Krzanich announced the establishment of an IoT lab in China that is being established with partners in the country and the creation of China's first Intel Parallel Computing Center. In addition to RealSense, the CEO also said Intel was expanding the reach of its Atom x3 chip family—code-named SoFIA—beyond smartphones, tablets and phablets and into connected devices that make up the IoT. The chips included integrated 3G, LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities and will be able to run not only devices based on Google's Android mobile operating system but also Linux, Krzanich said. In addition, developer kits around Atom x3 will be available in the second half of the year. The CEO said that 14 original design manufacturers (ODMs) already have signed on to develop systems powered by the quad-core Atom x3-C3230RK reference design from Rockchip, and that 48 designs are in the works on devices that will start becoming available later this quarter. That is on top of the 20 companies that already were announced that are creating more than 45 tablets, phablets and smartphones based on Atom x3 reference designs. At the show, Krzanich demonstrated a smartphone powered by an Atom x3 processor and supporting LTE-TDD connectivity over China Mobile's network that was streaming music. That phone is expected to be released in the second half of the year.
Intel also announced that its 14-nanometer Pentium and Celeron SoCs—code-named Braswell and aimed at entry-level systems—are now shipping to customers building notebooks, desktop PCs and two-in-one devices. Officials said the new chips will offer up to twice the graphics performance and better battery life than the previous generation, all at a lower thermal design point. More than 40 systems from multiple OEMs are expected to launch later this year.