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  Date: 23/08/2015

Intel ups software and design support to its Curie module at IDF 2015

Intel has announced a new reference designs and a new Intel software platform for its wearable electronics focused semiconductor device "Intel Curie module". Intel Curie module is a small footprint low power consuming SOC powered device designed not only for consumer applications and also for industrial electronics.

Intel announced new details about the Intel Curie module. Curie supports some of the exclusive processing algorithms required for wearable devices such as pattern matching to analyse sensor data. Powered by the Intel Quark SE SoC, Curie module packs motion sensors, Bluetooth Low Energy, and battery charging support.

Curie targets always-on/always aware kind of electronic devices used for health and wellness tracking, social notifications, and in sports.

384kB flash memory, 80kB SRAM is available inside this device along with integrated DSP sensor hub and pattern matching technology.

Intel is offering reference design for enterprise wearables, which features enterprise grade security and consumer grade usability. The device allows the wearer to authenticate once on a phone or a PC and carry that authentication with them, enabling automatic login when in close proximity.

The new Intel Software Platform designed to increase the speed and ease of the development of multiple types of wearable products.

The software platform Apple iOS and Google's Android devices, allows manufacturers to create their own unique and differentiated products.

Intel IQ Software Kit include a small and efficient real-time operating system (RTOS), middleware service and drivers, customizable cloud portals as well as basic device management, visualization and analytics features.

Newly announced at IDF are two new Intel IQ Software Kits: Intel Identity IQ and Intel Time IQ, which will be released by the end of 2015.

Intel IQ Software Kits include:
· Identity IQ establishes the identity of the user of the wearable device and enables personalized and secure experiences with services that require personal authentication.
· Time IQ aims to improve the efficiency of wearable users’ daily routines and accomplish tasks with contextually-aware notifications.
· Body IQ enables capabilities related to physical activities, including counting steps and calculating calories burned as well as providing data visualizations to help achieve goals.
· Social IQ supports social interactions, including communication via phone, social networks and SMS with peers and brands.

The Intel Curie module is currently samplingand will ship to select OEMs and ODMs later in 2015. The Intel IQ Software Kits will support future versions of the software platform which will be available for select OEMs and ODMs initially.

The growing personalization of computing and unprecedented breadth of technologies making its presence in every part of our life and many more things such as clothes.

Intel unveiled updates to its RealSense technology that will be available on a wide-range of platforms, opening up more opportunities for developers to create new depth-sensing hardware and software. “sensification” of computing is emerging as the next frontier of compute innovation.

In collaboration with Google, Intel said it is driving innovation in mobile depth sensing by combining Google’s Project Tango and Intel RealSense technologies into an Android smartphone developer kit. The Intel RealSense Smartphone developer kit featuring Google’s Project Tango enables new experiences, including indoor navigation and area learning, virtual reality, 3-D scanning, and more. The developer kit is targeted for release to select Android developers by the end of this year.

Intel has introduced Optane based on it's nonvolatile memory technology called 3D XPoint. The SSDs based on Optane tech launched in the market in 2016.

Intel also announces that its Enhanced Privacy Identification (EPID) technology will be implemented by leading IoT sensor and microcontroller vendors including Atmel and Microchip to help secure an increasingly smart and connected world.
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