The Bay Trail-I chip is available now, and the Quark and intelligent gateway products will be available in the first quarter of next year. The Quark SoC is a 32-bit x86 CPU with a clock speed of 400MHz, and the chip is also being included in the open-source Galileo computer, which was announced last week and is targeted at the do-it-yourself crowd. The DIY crowd is expected to contribute to the IOT field with small, connected devices that can be used for work and play.
Many IOT devices are based on microcontrollers, but there is a need for faster CPUs like Quark that can collect and process data faster, Steenman said. The power draw of Quark is not yet known.
Intel is still exploring the IOT business opportunity, and it will be a few years before concrete business results show up, Steenman said.
"More devices is good for us as a company," Steenman said.