With Intel’s state-of-the-art manufacturing processes that enable them to create smaller chips that run at lower power, it’s no surprise that Intel is tapping on their technological advantage to aggressively grow its market share in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. Although it is still a relatively new area, IDC predicted that by 2020, there will be a total of 50 billion IoT devices installed. So it's hardly shocking that Intel has been investing and actively providing the pro maker and entrepreneurial communities with various solutions to drive and grow this new market segment.
Announced at CES early this year, the Intel Edison is a product built specifically for wearables and small form factor devices. It measures only slightly larger than an SD card and yet it carries enough compute power to run an operating system like Linux. At only 3 months old, developers have shown so much interest that Intel has decided to extend Intel Edison to include a family of development boards that will serve to address a broader range of market segments.
Intel recently made enhancements on the initial Intel Edison design and it now includes Intel’s leading-edge 22nm Silvermont dual-core Intel Atom SoC (previous board uses a single core Intel Quark SoC X1000 application processor). The new addition to the Edison family will now offer developers a more powerful option as its dual core, dual threaded CPU at 500MHz presents a far greater upgrade over its initial single core Quark processor at 400MHz. The new board will also offer an additional MCU and over 30 I/O interfaces via a small 70-pin connector. Intel also confirmed that it’s on track to delivering the Intel Edison in the later half of this year as well as its commitment to continue the development of a dual core Quark processor.
In addition to addressing developers with a more powerful Edison board, Intel also announced the availability of the Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT. It’s an integrated solution based on Intel Quark and Atom processors, in addition to an Intel Galileo-based development platform. With the gateway in place, developers and businesses will be able to use the gateway to communicate with industrial IoT devices and connecting them to the cloud. Offering software and services that can help unlock valuable data from legacy systems and previously unconnected devices, the first platforms will come integrated with Wind River and McAfee software.