If you go to a major tech website like CNET or TechCrunch, you will see new IoT device features almost daily. The amount of IoT devices being created is amazing. If you predicted this amount 10 years ago, you would have been called crazy. Connecting billions of devices to the internet did not seem possible at the time.
One of the newest devices is the Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000 created by Intel. This is a small, single board computer for IoT devices with a $15 price point. Quark runs at 32MHz and has a six-axis accelerometer, a magnetometer, a temperature sensor, a USB 2.0 port, a coin cell battery slot, a 5 volt power input. You can even connect additional sensors to the microcontroller.
So what exactly is the point of this $15 computer? Well for one, the Quark D2000 complements several of Intel’s many other IoT boards. Some examples of these are the Edison and the Curie. The Edison can be installed in many everyday objects and is run on a an Atom processor, while the Curie runs on a 32MHz Quark processor and can be placed in wearable devices.
However, these devices are not for the average customer. They are focused on developers who want to create IoT connected devices. Intel is really trying to get people interested in IoT as they are opening up workshops and even have a reality show in an effort to pull away from ARM. This company holds the licenses for many of the chips used in many IoT boards. Intel has already lost a lot of market share in the smartphone market to ARM and does not want the same thing to happen in the IoT space. It makes sense for Intel to be so focused on IoT technology. The Quark will not only be a cheap way for current developers to improve their skills, but also a great way for people considering IoT development projects to learn the technology.
This is one of the reasons why Intel formed their IoT business in 2013. Intel believes that their IoT revenue will continue to increase and will become a bigger part of their overall revenue in the coming years. If you have followed our technology advancements at all, you would have seen that IoT is rising and will continue to rise.
This is a small device and should not be compared to bigger devices. Intel’s IoT devices have their own real-time operating systems. In addition, they favor power consumption over the processing power. Therefore, there should be no comparison between the new Quark D2000 board and other higher-powered board computers like the Raspberry Pi.