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Intel launches new 11th-gen processors for IoT devices

By Liu Hongzuo - on 24 Sep 2020, 12:39pm

Intel launches new 11th-gen processors for IoT devices

Artist rendition of Intel's new IoT processors - specifically of the Intel Atom/Pentium/Celeron IoT platform processors. Image credit: Intel Corporation.

Intel just announced four new ranges of Internet of Things (IoT) processors at its Intel Industrial Summit 2020. There's the 11th-gen Intel Core for IoT devices, the Intel Atom x6000E series, and the Intel Premium and Celeron N and J series.

These processors are created to make more IoT scenarios become a reality using their sheer power and performance. Some examples of such IoT scenarios include fleet monitoring, real-time systems control, and medical usage (service robots, carts, displays, etc.), with the new breakthroughs in performance giving rise to applications that demand more processing than ever.

Image credit: Intel Corporation.

Intel said that the 11th-gen Core processors for IoT are made to satisfy high-performance edge devices that require high-speed processing, computer vision, and low-latency deterministic computing. Compared to the previous generation of IoT processors, the 11th-gen ones offer up to 23% performance gain (single-thread), a 19% increase in multi-thread performance, and 2.95 times graphics performance increase.

In case you're wondering, the IoT version of Intel's 11th-gen embedded processors is indeed the follow-up to the consumer Tiger Lake processors that was announced earlier this month. As such, Core i5 processors and higher get a big boost in graphics crunching power thanks to the new Intel Iris Xe graphics engine with 96 execution units that can stream, process, and analyze multiple video channels simultaneously - dual 8K streams, quad 4K streams or in conjunction of two video decode boxes, it can also process up to 40 1080p streams.

Some of its use cases are in:-

  • Mission-critical industrial control systems to process feedback from multiple IoT devices and sensors for real-time computing and decision making.
  • Power bleeding-edge signage systems with advanced 3D graphics and video experiences.
  • Point-of-Sales (POS) biometric authentication and AI-powered fraud detection
  • Amplify diagnostic capacity in healthcare through improved AI, computer vision capabilities and a more powerful graphics subsystem

For all the Intel 11th-gen Intel Core processors for IoT models, head over here.

Image credit: Intel Corporation.

On the other hand, the new Intel Atom x6000E series, Intel Pentium, and Intel Celeron N and J series are Intel's newest all-in-one IoT platform processors that are specifically made for low-power (under 12W TDP) compact design edge device solutions. As such, these aren't as high-performance as the 11th-gen Core processors for IoT, but they still bring in other advancements notable for its single-chip design.

First off, these boast up to two times better 3D graphics than the predecessor. It's also first platform processor that's enhanced specifically for IoT with a dedicated, real-time offload engine, the Intel Programmable Services Engine (PSE), that uses an ARM Cortex-M7 microcontroller low-power and low-speed IoT applications and has out-of-band and in-band remote device management. They also come with enhanced I/O and storage options, integrated 2.5GbE time-sensitive networking capabilities and are also capable of supporting up to three simultaneous 4K resolution 60 FPS displays, too.

For all the Intel Atom x6000E, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron N and J series, head over here.

According to Intel, the 11th-gen IoT processors already have 90 partners in line, while the other processors have over 100 partners creating IoT products and applications based on these new chips.