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Intel launches Internet of Things gateway platform based on Quark and Atom chips

Partners taking advantage of the gateway will be introducing products this quarter
Thu Apr 03 2014, 16:17

INTEL HAS ANNOUNCED the availability of Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), an integrated approach based on Quark and Atom processors.

The news was announced on Wednesday by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the Intel developer Forum (IDF) being held in Beijing this week. Intel claimed that it will help businesses reduce costs and offer new services by unlocking valuable data from older systems that haven't had means to communicate with each other and the cloud in the past.

Intel launches Internet of Things Gateway based on Quark

We spoke with Intel GM of its intelligent solutions group Kumar Balasubramanian, who explained, "The family of gateway solutions starting with Quark based and Atom processor based solutions is actually being made available now and our hardware partners are taking advantage of these things and are building their own respective products. They'll be introducing these into the market later on in this quarter.

"This gateway not only has Intel's processors but also integrated software which is pre-validated. That includes software from both Wind River and McAfee.

"Wind River provides integrated software capabilities for rapid development of software applications. These are things that help people deliver apps and services on their gateways but [woth] strong capability of security, manageability and connectivity."

Balasubramanian added that the gateway also provides good runtime development as well as development tools so developers can create their applications and solutions on these gateway platforms more easily and much faster.

Customers developing gateway products include Shaspa for energy and building automation, Rockontrol for energy management, Transwiseway and Vnomics for transportation, and Zebra Technologies Corp for locating solutions in retail, healthcare and manufacturing.

As well as announcing Intel Gateway Solutions, the Intel CEO also noted that the firm's Edison technology, which was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this year, is on track for availability later this summer.

The SD card sized Edison is a Pentium class PC powered by a dual-core Quark system on chip (SoC) running Linux and, despite its size, it has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules. The device can also connect to its own app store, Krzanich boasted during a keynote at CES, adding that he hopes developers will snap up Edison to build the next generation of wearable and connected devices.

On Wednesday, Krzanich said that Intel is extending Intel Edison technology to a family of development boards that will address a broader range of customer needs and will now include Intel's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture with a dual-core Atom SoC, increased I/O capabilities and software support, as well as "a new simplified industrial design".

As part his IDF keynote, Krzanich also said that the company plans to build upon its nearly 30-year history in China and collaborate with the growing Chinese technology ecosystem, particularly in Shenzhen, to accelerate innovation and reshape the computing industry. µ


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