TAIPEI: INTEL HAS ANNOUNCED an update to its Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway product family, which it says will help developers create and deploy more innovative and cost-effective IoT solutions for a more diverse range of markets, such as smart cities and the infrastructure that supports them.
Announced during the firm's keynote at Computex 2015, the updated version brings a wider range of silicon options, as well as software and services that Intel claims will make solutions easier to scale in performance and thus get to market more quickly.
The new silicon offerings include Intel Core-based gateways on top of the Quark and Atom processors, which are already available to developers.
A new version of the management system called Wind River, a technology stack to allow integration between devices at a cloud level, is also now integrated.
The Wind River Intelligence Device Platform XT 3, based on Wind River Linux, comes with new and flexible packaging options for applications that require a low cost of entry, Intel said.
But the most interesting addition in the new IoT Gateway is that it will come with support for Snappy Ubuntu Core, meaning that users can take advantage of apps available through the Canonical Snap Store where a range of applications can be deployed to a gateway.
Intel said it is also working closely with Microsoft to enable Windows 10 IoT on its existing Atom-based Gateways, and other general manageability updates are included in the latest version, including over-the-air OS updates and rollback to "enable remote updates and services via Wind River Helix Device Cloud".
There are currently 22 unique Intel IoT Gateway designs available from 20 Intel partner companies across industries including industrial/energy, smart building/smart homes and retail and transport. More are expected to come soon thanks to the update, Intel said.
The updated IoT Gateway will work in unison with Intel's IoT platform announced in late 2014. The initiative, which also stretches to advanced hardware and software integration with a variety of partners, was said to "move IoT from infancy to mass deployment".
Intel claims it will do this by ensuring that the platform allows products to get to market faster by reducing complexity and standardising items.
The development of an IoT software platform follows on from the company's Edison chip, a tiny dual-core Atom processor designed to be the beating heart of wearable devices.
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