When chip giant Intel hinted towards a wearable computer device of which will be announced at CES 2014, that was not just what was on offer. A new quark chip will also be in the limelight that will offer much more than its mini predecessor Quark X1000, Questions are quickly spread.
Announcing that the chip will mainly be introduced and chip aimed at various types of electronics that need to be small and have very low power consumption that may not need high computing horsepower, but which benefits from ultra-low power consumption and a small form factor. This will be difficult to compete with their previous chip of this type offering a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible microprocessor with 16KB L1 cache, 512KB L2 cache, operating at speeds up to 400MHz.
Intel believes that Quark can be used for a broad range of intelligent electronics devices. In fact, at present the SoCs are used inside heating and air conditioning systems, but last year Intel demonstrated a smart-watch with a Quark inside.
We believe that Quark is in fact very smart and with this technology on the market we will soon be seeing designed to make household life much easier. Possibly the joke of machines making cups of tea may come true, we cannot say for certain but what we know for certain is that micro processors such as this will “Show you some things that you would never have thought could become smart and communicate,” As Mr. Krzanich said in his announcement on the new generation of Quark.
While Intel will demonstrate wearable computing devices that it designed itself at the forthcoming CES trade-show, it should be kept in mind that the chip developer does not sell such devices. As a result, it could take months or quarters before Intel’s partners start to manufacture and sell similar products to end-users.