Intel Curie unveils a hardware module of the size …

January 13, 2015

Intel CEO Brian Krzanic

Intel CEO Brian Krzanic

Intel revealed plans for the Intel Curie module, a tiny hardware product based on the company’s first SoC made especially for handheld devices: the Intel® Quark ™ SE SoC. The Intel Curie Module is a complete low-power solution for mobile computing spaces, with motion sensor and Bluetooth with low power and battery charging capabilities. The module works with open source RTOS.

About the Intel Curie Module:

“In the future, we will see portable products created by companies that historically have never used silicon before… Now it is up to the ecosystem to innovate this technology. Rings, bags, bracelets, pendants and yes, buttons, everything will be possible ”, explained, Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group of Intel.

The Intel Curie Module is a highly integrated hardware module the size of a button that can activate a solution and will include a Bluetooth low energy radio and motion sensors.

The combination of components built into the module makes it the first platform of its kind by Intel, allowing users to create smaller devices with longer battery life.

The Intel Curie module can enable smart wearable solutions for a range of form factors – from rings, bags, bracelets, earrings, fitness accessories to buttons.

Intel Curie

The Intel Curie Module includes:

  • The low-power 32-bit Intel® Quark ™ microcontroller.
  • 384kB flash memory and 80kB SRAM
  • Integrated low-power DSP sensor hub with proprietary model throttle
  • Bluetooth low energy
  • 6-axis combo sensors with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Battery Charging Circuit (PMIC)About the Intel Quark SE SoC

Scheduled to ship to customers in the second half of this year, the Intel Curie module, or Intel Quark SE SoC, is ideal for “seamless” applications such as social notifications and sports activities. It has been designed from the ground up to be very energy efficient. It can run for long periods on a coin-sized battery by taking advantage of the Intel Quark’s energy-efficient core with its dedicated processor for sensor core. In addition, the Intel Quark SE SoC integrates a unique standards classification mechanism that allows you to identify different movements and activities quickly and accurately.To accelerate the development of wearable products based on the Intel Curie module, Intel is offering a Comprehensive software solution that includes small and efficient Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS), along with the reference application for wearable devices called Intel® IQ Software Kits. Those kits include embedded software that you run on the module with the smartphone app company and for associated cloud capabilities.

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