Intel’s New ‘Quark Core’ for Wearable Devices
Intel is working on a new line of ultra-small and ultra-low-power microchips for wearable devices like smart-watches and bracelets, it seems like an effort from the company to fit into the next generation technology, which is the wearable devices.
Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich just pulled out the tiny Quark X1000 chip at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. Intel will provide equally miniature reference boards and software to help developers put tiny communicating computers in just about everything, which includes smart-watches, if developers are interested.
“Our strategy is actually very simple,” Krzanich explained earlier in the keynote. “Our plan is to lead in every segment of computing.” That includes servers, laptops, tablets, and phones, but also other devices yet to be designed.
In other words, the actual CPU core inside a Quark chip is one-fifth the size and consumes one-tenth the power of an Atom CPU core. Quark is aimed at markets where power consumption and form factor take priority, according to an Intel representative.
After the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm Toq, the wearable devices is supposedly the next technology to rule the world, keeping that in mind ‘Quark’ seems a smart move from Intel.