Intel introduces SD card-sized computer for wearable devices


Intel, this week, took the wraps off Edison, a micro-computer housed entirely within the form factor of a standard SD card. Technically a system on a chip, Edison utilizes Quark processor technology from Intel, LPDDR2 memory, flash storage as well as wireless in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Wi-Fi--all of which are contained onboard.

Edison was envisaged for use in a variety of products such as wearable smart devices or even everyday products that need to be connected to the Internet. By moving early to target the emerging wearable device market, it is clear that Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is keen not to repeat the mistakes it made by not moving fast enough with smartphones and tablets.

"Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren't yet solving real problems and they aren't yet integrated with our lifestyles," says Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at CES 2014. "We're focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside."

To encourage developers to work on this new platform, Intel has announced a "Make It Wearable" competition to challenge developers to incorporate Edison into new wearable devices. Details of the competition were not announced, though Intel did say that it will offer some $1.3 million of prizes in total--with a top prize pegged at $500,000.

For more:
- check out this article at The Register

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