Intel Unveils Curie, its universal module for the ‘wearables ‘.

Intel CurieBrian Krzanic, Intel CEO made a splash on the these today with Curie. The size of a button, it’s the module that Intel offers designers of objects connected to power their future products. With the tiny Soc Quark, this module embeds 384 KB of Flash memory, Connectivity Bluetooth Low Energy, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, battery management circuitry. Many of the elements essential to an object connected. Intel part in the conquest of a market of 50 billion objects (including 200 million of wearables) by 2020. Its strength is also its weakness: the Quark.

A new Intel attempt to impose its Soc in the connected objects

Intel is unable to impose its SoC Quark on the market of connected objects.

Intel is unable to impose its SoC Quark on the market of connected objects.

With partners such as Luxottica and all its prestigious brands of sunglasses, Fossil Group, Basis Peak, MICA and Opening Ceremony and SMS Audio, Intel made strong these 2015. Intel continues its campaign of seduction with potential manufacturers of connected objects, but will it win the part? Its module is particularly compact and its processor is powerful. Her Quark X 1000, a 32-bit Soc at 400 MHz, already fitted Edison, a module for the Makers, but which, despite its qualities, do not questioned the popularity of Arduino, Raspberry or Spark even when Intel sent him free to influencers. Brian Krzanich announced that the ‘Make it Wearable’ challenge will be relaunched in 2015. The previous edition had given birth to Nixie, a miniature drone that folds and carrying strap.
Intel continues its chip promotion with is new ultra-compact module. To these, 2014, Intel presented its Quark in a module about the size of an SD card, the abandoned since Edison project.

The prototype of the Nixie, this miniature drone that folds shaped bracelet.

The prototype of the Nixie, this miniature drone that folds shaped bracelet.

Remains to be seen what place manufacturers agree to this Intel platform. The only Quark processor is given for a consumption of 2.2 Watts and an (indicative) unit price between $ 9.63 to $ 12.85, depending on the chosen version. Unfavourable characteristics compared fleas usually embedded in the Wearables, including those that do not require a too sophisticated display screen. Intel probably hope that connected objects will need more and more power in the years to come, what would call its Quark in the saddle. An approach that it was rather successful in the PC market.

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Sources :

Intel CEO Outlines Future of Computing“, Communiqué de presse Intel, January 6, 2015

Intel is swarming wearables as part of its Internet of Things strategy“, VentureBeat, December 9, 2014

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