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Intel Boosts IoT with New Range of Innovative Technologies

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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FREMONT, CA: Intel announces a range of tools, technologies and software to help developers build devices and services for the Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The technology ranges from developer kits to software kits and modules.

The products that are launched are Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000, based on Intel's small low-power Quark processor. Intel also aims to help developers reduce time and effort by demonstrating an IoT solution based on the developer kit created by Hanhaa, a small IoT company from United Kingdom.

Other products include IoT developer kits that work with the Intel Edison board and Intel Galileo board. For embedded products, Intel is unveiling the new Intel IoT Gateways and Intel Expansion Kit with MinnowBoard MAX, and the MinnowBoard MAX-compatible board, called the MinnowBoard Turbot. The Intel Minnowboard, an open-source hardware reference platform powered by a 64-bit Atom E38xx Series system-on-a-chip (SoC).

Intel is also working with Telit to develop wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, to build IoT modules based on Intel's Atom x3 chip. Two modules feature integrated application processing with options such as WiFi, BT, global navigation satellite system (GNSS), or cellular capabilities.

Intel’s software solutions for IoT development include a new System Studio IoT Edition for C/C++/Java development, that will include new features and added support to Intel's XDK IoT Edition for node.js apps and HTML5 companion app development. Intel System Studio offers cross-development tools for performance- and power-optimized mobile and embedded devices based on the Intel Architecture, and the Intel System Studio for Microcontrollers software suite includes Eclipse integration and is designed for developers leveraging the Quark SoC.

The controllers also support the newly-launched open-source Zephyr Project from the Linux Foundation. The project includes Intel companies Altera and Wind River. Intel is also introducing starter boards based on the Edison module for Google's new Brillo operating system. Intel already supports Brillo through its Edison Kit for Arduino.

"The Internet of things … has enormous potential to drive both economic growth and social change, wrote in a post on the company blog. With 85 percent of technology still unconnected, and security threats pervasive, it is still very much the Wild West with vast new territory to explore. … Once the hurdles are out of the way, developers will find they can instead focus on the fun stuff—innovation, imagination, and exploration of all the possibilities IoT has to offer," says Ken Caviasca, Vice President, Internet of Things Group and General Manager of platform engineering and development, Intel.

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