Intel Expands Roadmap For An Internet of Things Platform

Intel revealed an expanded and accelerated strategy for an Internet of Things (IoT) Platform, promoting its Quark and Atom processor families as well as introducing gateway solutions to extend its reach into emerging applications. Intel (INTC) announced its plans to enable intelligent devices, end-to-end analytics and connecting legacy devices to the cloud to drive business transformation.

“The Internet of Things consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from a simple pedometer to a complex CT scanner,” said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Intelligent Systems Group. “The true value in the Internet of Things is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud, uncovering information and actionable insight that can transform business. As a leader in computing solutions from the device to the datacenter, Intel is focused on driving intelligence in new devices and gateways to help connect the billions of existing devices.”

Central to its IoT platform are the Intel Atom and Quark SoC processors. Intel offered its scalable roadmap of products to power devices at the edge of the network, from the energy-efficient Intel Quark SoC to the high-performance Intel Xeon processors. The addition of the low-power, small-core Intel Quark SoC X1000 will extend the company’s reach into new and rapidly growing IoT markets. The new product family features error-correcting code (ECC), industrial temperature range and integrated security. ECC delivers a high level of data integrity, reliability and system uptime for equipment required to run at all times. The new Intel Atom processor E3800 product family is ideally suited for digital signage applications.

Intelligent Gateways

Working together with its McAfee and Wind River companies, Intel is addressing the challenge of building a new family of intelligent gateway solutions that connect legacy systems and provide common interfaces and communication between devices and the cloud.

Targeting industrial, energy and transportation markets, this system of systems helps ensure that the data generated by devices and existing infrastructure can be shared securely between the cloud and intelligent devices for analysis. Leveraging the McAfee Embedded Control and the Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, a new family of intelligent gateway solutions from Intel provides integrated and pre-validated hardware and software. The first set of intelligent gateway solutions will feature versions based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 and Intel Atom processor E3800 product family and will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

Daikin Applied, (formerly Daikin McQuay and a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries, Ltd.) is using the Intel-based intelligent gateway solutions to deploy a complete end-to-end solution for commercial HVAC equipment. Intel is enabling Daikin Applied to connect its existing Rebel rooftop units and deliver data to the cloud that is then aggregated and analyzed. By using an integrated intelligent gateway solution, Daikin Applied is able to focus on rapidly deploying differentiated value-added services such as real-time HVAC unit performance, remote diagnostics, monitoring and control, advanced energy management, and third party content integration services to its customers.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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