CHIPMAKER Intel has unveiled a new version of the Atom x3 processor designed with the Internet of Things (IoT) in mind.
Intel unveiled the Atom x3 chip ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress, and revealed a version of the processor designed specifically for IoT devices at its Developer Forum event in Shenzen, China this week alongside a smartphone version that will start shipping later this year.
The Atom x3 IoT processor comes with 3G and LTE connectivity, and an extended temperature range for extreme weather conditions making it suitable for devices such as outdoor weather sensors.
Intel's Atom x3 IoT chip will be made available to developers in the second half of the year, suggesting that devices are not likely to arrive until 2016, and will arrive with support for Android and Linux.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said: "Intel remains focused on delivering leadership products and technologies in traditional areas of computing, while also investing in new areas and entrepreneurs - students, makers and developers - to find and fuel future generations of innovation with China."
That isn't all Intel has planned for IoT, as the firm recently announced plans to bring payment services to connected devices.
The firm has partnered with Ingenico to include mobile payment capabilities in a wide array of connected devices for the IoT, including intelligent vending machines, kiosks and digital signs.
Intel is clearly going big on the IoT, but a roundtable The INQUIRER held with the firm last year highlighted the complications that businesses could face when entering the market.
Martin King, head of IT services at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, said that, first of all, the perception that the IoT is all 'hype' needs to be overcome.
"I imagine that, while it could be hype, it's up to the industry to make it happen," he said.
"There's a massive market opportunity there, and I believe the industry will be keen to make it happen and we probably won't really notice it until it's actually happening."
Dr Will Venters, an assistant professor in information systems at the London School of Economics, argued that security concerns will be the IoT's biggest problem.
"The security argument is always put forward, but there's a value argument that goes alongside that: maybe you want data in your sensors, but you don't want the risk of the data on the sensor." µ
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