Intel to Leverage Atom, Quark SoCs for Internet of Things - Page 2

A foundation of Intel’s strategy will be the Atom E3800 (formerly dubbed "Bay Trail-I") and Quark X1000 SoCs for embedded systems. The Atom E3800 family will offer increased media and graphics performance, error-correcting code (ECC) memory, integrated security and integrated image signal processing, all of which help speed time to market and reduce power consumption, according to Intel. The chips are aimed at such systems as ATMs, point-of-sale and interactive kiosks.

The Quark X1000 is the first SoC in the new family of processors CEO Brian Krzanich announced during the Intel Developer Forum Sept. 10. The Quark chips are aimed at the IoT and wearable devices, and are one-fifth the size of Atom SoCs and consume one-tenth the power. The 32-bit X1000, based on the Pentium instruction set, also will have ECC and integrated security. It can be used in everything from temperature control units for buildings to power grids.

“It will allow us to reach into a whole new set of applications and billions of devices,” Steenman said. “It will allow us to step … even further down into … devices and other parts of the Internet of things.”

The first of Intel’s intelligent gateways will be based on the Atom E3800 and Quark X1000 SoCs. The gateways—the first of which will be available in the first quarter of 2014—will be integrated hardware and software platforms with McAfee Embedded Control and Wind River Intelligence Device Platform software will connect the legacy systems and provide communications between devices and the cloud. Through these gateways, data created by these devices will be shared between the cloud and intelligent devices, with the data being collected, stored and analyzed.

Daikin Applied, a global heating, air conditioning and ventilation company, is using Intel’s gateway solutions to connect its existing Rebel rooftop HVAC systems to the cloud, where data from the systems are collected and analyzed. Through the technology, Daikin officials said the company will help building owners better manage their buildings.

A range of technology vendors, including Portwell, DFI, AdvanTech and Insyde, already are adopting the Atom E3800 SoCs to create solutions for IoT. Steenman said Intel is using IoT technology to track the real-time status of parts around test facilities, reducing by 67 percent the set-up time in the plants.