Intel's New Platform Is the Chip Maker's Latest Push Into the IoT

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-11-06

According to Cisco Systems, by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices making up the Internet of things (IoT), and Intel wants its silicon in as many of those devices as possible, and in the systems that make up the infrastructures behind the devices. After having famously missed on the rise of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has said the chip maker will lead in new growth areas, such as the IoT and wearable devices. Over the past couple of years, Intel has created a business unit dedicated to the Internet of things, has bought companies whose technologies will help it in its IoT efforts and has partnered with other vendors on IoT initiatives. In July, research firm IoT Analytics listed Intel as third on the list of the world's largest investors in IoT technologies and programs, behind IBM and Google. Intel this week continued the IoT drumbeat with a new platform reference architecture, a new Quark chip, and support software and services. Most of the new offerings will be available later this year or in early 2016.


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