Having missed the rise of the smartphones and tablets, Intel Corp. seems to be fully aware of incoming emergence of wearable computing devices. While the company has not made any actual announcements regarding chips for wearable devices, it looks like the company is not only experimenting with such gadgets, but seems to be involved into actual commercial projects. Intel’s new chief exec promises that at least one of such products will emerge by end of 2013.
“I think you will start to see stuff with our silicon toward the end of the year and the beginning of next year. We are trying to get our silicon into some of them, create some ourselves, understand the usage and create an ecosystem,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel Corp., in an interview with Reuters news-agency.
Previously, Justin Rattner, former chief technology officer of Intel, confirmed that the company was developing experimental smart wrist watch devices. In fact, a rumour that surfaced earlier this year stated that Intel was working on iWatch with Apple, which may be a sign that the chip giant does have something in its pockets for the wearable computing gadgets.
Current Atom processors can power smartphones and tablets, but it is doubtful that they can enable something as small as wrist-watch. Perhaps, Intel has either a new micro-architecture designed from the scratchboard to power such tiny devices (as well as to enable Internet-of-things type of products), or it has unannounced versions of Atom that consume very little amount of power and produce almost no heat.
Still, Atom is undoubtedly gaining importance at Intel. At present, the company is trying to rework some of its plans to accelerate unveiling of certain Atom products.
“We see that Atom is now at the same importance, it's launching on the same leading edge technology, sometimes even coming before Core. We are in the process of looking at all of our roadmaps and evaluating the timing of some of those products. It is fair to say there are things we would like to accelerate,” said Mr. Krzanich.