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IDF 2013 | Intel unveils 14nm Quark system-on-a-chip

Intel hopes to capture smartwear market with their new Quark SoC.

Intel is kicking off their annual IDF conference in San Francisco today and they've already announced a new product line. The company took the wraps off their new Quark processors, minuscule chips that are designed for wearable accessories.

Intel's smallest CPU to date, the Quark comes in at just 14nm, which is one-fifth the size of the current Atom processors and uses one-tenth of the power. The company hasn't made any technical specification or pricing info available yet, but the budget-friendliness of the Quark will go a long way into making smartwear a mainstream option.

Furthermore, Quark (X1000) is fully synthesizable. That means that companies are able to add their own IP (function blocks) to the chip and let it manufacture in the Intel Fabs.

The company took their time in jumping into the smartphone market when it first began, allowing Qualcomm to gain a strong foothold, but they're going head-first into the wearable accessories arena. Intel showed off a prototype digital bracelet as one sample use and other applications could extend to areas such as identification chips and ingestible medical devices.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-09-10 (Update: 2013-09-11)