- On the first day of the Intel Developer Forum (INTC +0.4%), the chip giant has unveiled Quark, an SoC meant for embedded/wearable devices that's said to be 1/5 the size of a standard Atom CPU and 10x more power-efficient. Quark is expected to ship next year; a version of the chip meant for medical applications will be ingestible.
- The announcement comes as smartwatch design activity heats up; Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear last week, and Qualcomm showed off its Toq reference smartwatch (built with the goal of driving chip/display sales). Smartwatch developers have been almost uniformly relying on ARM-based CPUs thus far.
- Intel also says its next-gen, 14nm, Broadwell PC CPUs (due in 2H14) are already showing a "30% power improvement" over the current-gen Haswell in tests. Haswell itself has delivered big battery life improvements over the prior-gen Ivy Bridge.
- Also of note: 1) Intel promises sub-$100 tablets (presumably Android-based) will arrive this holiday season; the company had previously promised sub-$200 laptops. 2) Intel has launched new Ivy Bridge Core i7 desktop CPUs, and new low-power Haswell Core i3 notebook CPUs. Intel claims one of the Haswell chips consumes only 4.5W in certain use cases.
Intel announces tiny embedded SoC, promises further PC power savings
Sep 10 2013, 13:13 ET