Intel Corp. has announced plans to accelerate the development and deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) by enabling intelligent devices, end-to-end analytics and connecting legacy devices to the cloud to drive business transformation.
"The Internet of Things consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from a simple pedometer to a complex CT scanner. The true value in the Internet of Things is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud, uncovering information and actionable insight that can transform business. As a leader in computing solutions from the device to the datacenter, Intel is focused on driving intelligence in new devices and gateways to help connect the billions of existing devices," said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel's intelligent systems group.
In support of this effort, the company unveiled several products including the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family (formerly code-named "Bay Trail-I"), a new family of Intel-based intelligent gateway solutions featuring integrated software from McAfee and Wind River, and new features for the Intel Quark SoC X1000.
As more devices become connected every day, companies face increased fragmentation, interoperability and security challenges. To address this, Intel is delivering a comprehensive portfolio of hardware and software products designed to unlock the data intelligence from the device through the network to the cloud to enable new business models and service offerings. By developing horizontal building blocks for vertical end-to-end analytics as well as distributed analytics for edge systems and datacenter, Intel is enabling companies to turn big data into actionable information.
An end-to-end strategy requires making devices more intelligent and secure to reliably filter and manage data locally. Intel offers a scalable roadmap of products to power devices at the edge of the network, from the energy-efficient Intel Quark SoC to the high-performance Intel Xeon processors.
From Quark to Xeon
The addition of the low-power, small-core Intel Quark SoC X1000 will extend the company's reach into new and rapidly growing IoT markets. The new product family features error-correcting code (ECC), industrial temperature range and integrated security. ECC delivers a high level of data integrity, reliability and system uptime for equipment required to run at all times, while industrial temperature range helps meet the requirements for industrial control and automation applications. The Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Intel Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA) compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400MHz.
The new Intel Atom processor E3800 product family features improved media and graphics performance, ECC, industrial temperature range, integrated security and integrated image signal processing. This product family is suited for digital signage applications such as interactive kiosks, intelligent vending, ATMs and point-of-sale terminals as well as portable medical devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Connecting the Old and New with Intelligent Gateways
With more than 85% of today's devices based on existing legacy systems, a significant need exists for an interim step to address interoperability instead of replacing all existing infrastructure. Intel is working with McAfee and Wind River to address this challenge with a new family of intelligent gateway solutions that connect legacy systems and provide common interfaces and seamless communication between devices and the cloud. Targeting industrial, energy and transportation markets, this system of systems helps ensure that the data generated by devices and existing infrastructure can be shared securely between the cloud and intelligent devices for analysis.
The new family of intelligent gateway solutions from Intel provides integrated and pre-validated hardware and software, including McAfee Embedded Control and the Wind River® Intelligent Device Platform, that help develop, prototype and deploy application services faster so companies can focus on creating new, value-added services. With these solutions, users can securely aggregate, filter and share data from the edge to the cloud in areas such as monitoring high-value industrial assets, facilitating manufacturing automation, energy grid automation, and commercial fleet monitoring.
For example, Intel is working with Westfalen Weser Energie, a large power and gas distribution grid operator, to develop and deploy gateways in its secondary energy substations. As more renewables come online, managing energy flows becomes more complicated and Westfalen Weser Energie is using intelligent gateways to interface with its legacy devices and acquire, analyze and act on data in real-time.
The first set of intelligent gateway solutions will feature versions based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 and Intel Atom processor E3800 product family and will be available in the first quarter of 2014.