Even after ARM cortex based microcontrollers have taken the microcontroller market in a big way, the Intel designed 8051 microcontrollers still are used in large numbers. Except for the 8051, Intel did not have any microcontroller chip for longtime with such a large scale use. With the launch of Intel Quark microcontroller Intel is entering back microcontroller market in a big way due to the huge opportunity in the IOT market.
Can Quark create history like 8051? The microcontroller user community is quite different from other processor-based chips. There are a lot of small and medium-sized companies in the embedded systems market who use microcontroller chips for customised applications. Targeting large number of design engineers with necessary software and hardware reference design tools requires a different set of approach compared to the PC and mobile phone market. Intel is now gaining back entry into the market with lot of design support and events, targeting microcontroller user community including makers community.
There are already huge number of microcontroller vendors competing for the IOT market space. In this crowded space, entry of Intel makes it even more crowded.
What matters finally in this market is a highly cost optimised solution which can be scalable, flexible as per the design engineer's ideas to serve particular market needs. And this market is extremely dynamic and distributed, which needs more electronics design engineering Tech support human resources along with Best quality microcontroller chips, boards, and software packages.
Intel has a better market opportunity in the high performance IOT market where lot of audio video/graphics processing is required which require high performance processor chips.
Intel is spending huge resources in finding budding technopreneurs who have some great IOT ideas, Intel is supporting like a full-time mentor through its various programs. Also note Intel is not alone in this kind of activity.
Intel Quark microcontroller D2000 is a 32-bit microcontroller with a more robust instruction set with 32kBytes of flash and 8kBytes of SRAM and boasts 25 general-purpose inputs and outputs (GPIOs). Its 19 analog comparators and 19 channels for analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), two PWM channels, an extended operating temperature range (-40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius), an operating range of 2.0 - 3.3 VDC, and comes with a full Intel x86 instruction set architecture for compatibility and scalability.
The advantage of Intel Quark microcontroller D2000 is its interoperability with other Intel based systems. The Intel Quark microcontroller D2000 is suggested as ideal for smart tags and readers, sensor and device controllers, display controllers, and motor controllers.
Intel Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000 can be purchased and also learned more at http://www.mouser.com/new/Intel/intel-d2000-dev-platform/