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Intel Corp. intends to showcase new types of wearable computing devices at the International Consumer Electronics trade-show. Besides, the world’s largest producer of microprocessors intends to unveil a new Quark system-on-chip (SoC) for ultra-mobile devices.

Intel has not managed to plant its chips into iPhone and iPad back in 2007 and 2010, respectively, despite of continuous talks between chief executives of Intel and Apple back in the 2000s. The company also missed a lot of Google Android-powered devices because it concentrated on the market of notebooks in a bid to make high-performance microprocessors that consume a low amount of energy. Unfortunately for Intel, the market of personal computers is stagnating, whereas the market of application processors for mobile devices is growing and companies like Mediatek or Qualcomm are prospering.

The Santa Clara, California-based chip giant is not standing still. The company is working on new 64-bit system-on-chips for smartphones and tablets. Besides, the firm is developing Quark processors for ultra-low-power consumer electronics. Moreover, Intel is not only designing new chips, it is also creating prototypes of products that can feature them. Reference designs of Intel’s new wearable computing devices will be showcased at the forthcoming CES 2014 show.

“Wearables is wide open. What you will see at CES is that we are actually going to bring some very innovative wearables to the show that are developed and manufactured here,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, in an interview with Recode.net web-site.

At the show, the world’s largest maker of microprocessors will demonstrate wearable devices powered by Quark. Intel demonstrated smart-watch device featuring its chip back in September, 2013. At CES 2014 it is logical to expect the company to demo smart goggles akin to Google Glass or other innovative gear. At the same time, keep in mind that Intel does not sell devices, it sells chips to actual manufacturers of products. Wearable things that Intel plans to show are likely be far from commercialization.

Intel seems to be certain that the Quark can be utilized for a wide range of intelligent electronics devices. In addition to demonstrating new devices, Intel will also reveal a new Quark chip. At present, the SoC is only inside certain heating and air conditioning systems in Europe, but the chipmaker expects them to emerge in other devices as well.

“Our view is that Quark can make almost everything smart. We’ll show you some things that you would never have thought could become smart and communicate,” said Mr. Krzanich.

Intel Quark SoC X1000 is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible CPU with 16KB L1 cache, 512KB L2 cache, operating at speeds up to 400MHz. It features computing industry standard I/O interfaces, including ACPI, PCI Express, 10/100Mb Ethernet, SD, USB 2.0 device and EHCI/OHCI USB host ports, high-speed UART, RS-232 serial port, programmable 8MB NOR flash, and a JTAG port for easy debug. Specifications of the new Quark SoC will be released at the trade-show.

Tags: Intel, Quark, Google, Google Glass

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Intel and AMD should cooperate and concentrate on financing a desktop operating system made out of Linux, due to Microsoft's Windows 8/ strategy failure, to invigorate the PC market and their chips/ infrastructure. Wearable gadgets are for kids to check Faceplant and Twit updates.
1 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/04/14 07:45:07 PM]
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If your are a device OEM, you need to think like IBM, and do like IBM did at the beginning of the PC era, at least on the hardware side! IBM required its CPU supplier(Intel) to cross license the x86 ISA(instruction set architecture), so that IBM would not be beholden to a single supplier for the CPU part in its IBM PCs. If Only IBM whould have done this with their PC's OS supplier! The entire past 30 years should be a lesson to all device OEMs, to never again rely on one supplier for the vital components of any device, and never let one supplier get too big again! The ARM ecosystem has a builtin deterrent to the one supplier getting too big, and that deterrent is the licensed IP model, Arm Holdings does not build ARM chips, they only license the IP to others, and this model lets many others, OEMs and CPU suppliers build devices around the ARM refrence designs, or for some, completely their own designs, that can run the ARM ISA. OEM's should always plan SKUs built around several x86 suppliers CPUs, as well as SKUs from as many ARM based suppliers as possable! Suppliers of device parts, OS or hardware, should never again be allowed to become so big that they are allowed to interfere with the OEM market. No ultrabook initiative, NO MEs, BOBs, Vistas, or Metros(MODERNs,MODs,WHATEVERs), NO more Suppliers of Parts, calling the shots, be they hardware, OSs, or application software. The current market domination in the Laptop/PC market by a few large(OS,CPU) suppliers, should never be allowed to take hold in the mobile devices market. Mobile device OEM's should be in control of their designs, in the way Apple is in control of its mobile designs, those that cater to the closed ecosystem can choose to go with a non open BSD type OS, and those that want to cater to the open source can choose a Linux distro. I am seriously waiting for some ARMv8 designs to make their way into the laptop market, and for the descrete gaming GPUs to become "APU" type systems, complete gaming GPU/CPU, large on DIE/Package RAM systems, paired with GDDR5 memory(8GB+) and a gaming OS distro all on a PCI card. OEMs need to start suppling their own OSs with their devices, or if they can not afford the development costs, they should supply at least an Industry standard Linux distro, as well as offering the proprietary versions. I know what my next gaming device is running, just supply me with the right BirdTux gaming distro, and I'm good to go. The x86 makers are going to have to offer more for less money, but should never expect to dominate again. They will have their work cut out for them attempting to dominate the low power mobile market, beacuse it is easy to make the ARM ISA more powerfull, but it is very hard making the x86 ISA mobile/power friendly, just ask Apple with their A7 cyclone and future A7 derived laptop designs.
1 1 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 01/04/14 09:13:56 PM]
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So basically they shrunk a Pentium 400 and updated some of its abilities.
Talk about back to the future.
1 1 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 01/05/14 03:45:16 AM]
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Because of the DDR3-800 memory interface and shorter data paths it will be substantially faster than a P2-400 (100mhz memory interface), and it is a SOC with a PCIe 2.0 interface instead of PCI. All this in a package the size of a postage stamp that uses 14 times less power than a P2+440bx. Quite impressive. I would have preferred if it had AES-NI support.
1 0 [Posted by: BillionPa  | Date: 01/06/14 08:13:08 PM]
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Like all x86 hardware manufactures they are thrashing around in the dark, looking for a market. The market has left the x86 Eco system due to a failure by the O/S maker. They are now making their own devices to run on an Atom class CPU.( Low powered low tech.) touch screen copies of other tablets NOT A PRODUCTIVE TOOL! A TOY! This is a folly by both the organization., trying to become toy makers. NO Profit in toys. A HIGH END O/S IS NEEDED which can use multi cored CPU's and is tailored to the commercial users not the great unwashed who buy on a whim and price,who swallow all the FUD which the marketers can dish out.
2 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/05/14 06:35:56 AM]
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Too right, Ted.
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