Intel chip revenue declined in 2013 as worldwide total grew by five percent due to a focus on dwindling PC market. Intel is trying to get new growth by trying to enter actively to mobile and Internet-of-Things application.
Internet of Things (IoT) is being driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices, cloud computing, and big data analytics. To address the market for IoT, Intel is focused on accelerating the development and deployment of intelligent devices, creating systems of systems by connecting legacy devices to the cloud and enabling end-to-end analytics to transform business. More than 85 percent of existing devices are based on legacy systems, solutions need to address interoperability as an interim step to avoid replacing all existing infrastructure. Intel belives that end-to-end strategy requires making devices more intelligent and secure to reliably filter and manage data locally.
Intel debuts as gateway ‘middlemen’ for Internet of Things. Intel wants to unlock data hidden in legacy industrial systems by linking them to the cloud by releasing Internet Of Things Gateway Solutions. . Those gateways are essentially tiny embedded computers that offer a variety of connectivity options, running on Linux (Wind River Intelligent Device Platform) and are secured by Intel’s own software (McAfee Embedded Control). The so-called ‘gateway solutions’ are based on the Quark System-on-a-Chip and Atom processors. Intel will use new Atom E3800 embedded processor (codenamed “Bay Trail-I”) will work with Intel’s recently-announced Quark SoC X1000 embedded processor to provide ultra-low-power intelligence (Many competing low power ‘gateway solutions’ are based on ARM processors). In addition to hardware Intel provides integrated pre-validated software with the device. The plan is to deliver standardized hardware and software.
The Internet of Things Starts with Intelligence Inside page contains overview and marketing material on the Intel’s vision of Internet of Things (IoT). Intel plans to offers a scalable roadmap of products to power devices at the edge of the network, from the energy-efficient Intel® Quark SoC X1000 to high-performance Intel® Xeon® processors. The low-power, small-core Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000 series (32-bit 400MHz Intel® Pentium®) will enable Intel to extend into new and rapidly growing IoT markets. The Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 product family features enhanced media and graphics performance, error correcting code, industrial temperature range, built-in security, and integrated image signal processing.
The plan is to build an an Intelligent system of systems where existing infrastructure can be shared securely between the cloud and intelligent devices for analysis. Intel forms Industrial Internet Consortium together with AT&T, Cisco, GE and IBM. Interesting to see what this leads to.
Intel seems to have quite large selection of customers for it’s products. According to Intel launches Internet of Things gateway platform based on Quark and Atom chips article article customers developing gateway products include Shaspa for energy and building automation, Rockontrol for energy management, Transwiseway and Vnomics for transportation, and Zebra Technologies Corp for locating solutions in retail, healthcare and manufacturing. Partners list also includes Advantech, Axeda and Daikin. Partners taking advantage of the gateway will be introducing products this quarter.