After missing the turn of the processors for mobile devices, Intel does not let anything go in the race for components for wearable computing and unveils Intel Curie, a miniaturis component to connect everything and no bigger than a button.
The giant Intel suffered from the slowdown in PC sales and became interested in processors optimized for mobile devices very late, allowing competing ARM architecture to dominate the sector. No question therefore of committing the same error when the rise of connected gadgets and wearable computing.
The American group therefore multiplies initiatives to try to take advantage and place its components in the crowd of connected gadgets ready to invade our daily lives. For CES 2015, its CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the miniaturized module Intel Curie presented as the brand's first SoC dedicated to gadgets.
It is built around architecture Intel Quark SE specific to connected objects, accompanied by 80 KB of RAM and 384 KB of flash memory, and includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity, motion sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope for detection on six axes) and a PMIC circuit for managing the energy, all running on an open source RTOS environment.
The Intel Curie module can slip into many types of gadgets (ring, bracelet, necklace … or button) and transform them into connected objects while consuming very little energy. A development kit is provided to facilitate the development of applications and services.
The Intel Curie module will be available during second half of 2015 and should facilitate the multiplication of connected gadgets with new form factors thanks to the miniaturization of SoC.