Intel Curie module unveiled at CES

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10 January 2015
Intel Curie

Intel has disclosed plans for the Intel Curie module, a tiny hardware product based on the company’s first purpose-built system-on-chip (SoC) for wearable devices - the Intel Quark SE SoC. Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive officer, made this announcement during a keynote address at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology, said Krzanich. "Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses.”

The Intel Curie module is a complete low-power solution for the wearable space with compute, motion sensor, Bluetooth Low Energy and battery charging capabilities. According to Intel, the highly integrated hardware module runs on open source real-time operating system (RTOS) and can power a solution the size of a button.

The company said the combination of integrated components in the module makes it a first-of-its-kind platform from Intel, in size and flexibility, enabling customers to create efficient and intelligent wearable solutions for a broad range of form factors – from rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers to even buttons.

The module is scheduled to ship in the second half of this year and includes the Intel Quark SE SoC, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors and battery charging.

Other technology advancements and initiatives by Intel include new applications for Intel RealSense cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter drones and 3-D immersive experiences; and a broad, new Diversity in Technology initiative, which includes a US$300 million investment to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry at large.