Intel boosts wireless credentials with button size SoC for wearable devices

January 08, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Announced by Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO during a keynote address at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015), the Intel® Curie™ module is a button-sized hardware product for wearable devices.

Intel® Curie™ is driven by a purpose-built wearable low-poser, 32-bit SoC, the Intel® Quark™ SE, which can run for extended periods from a coin-sized battery and features motion sensor, Bluetooth radio, and battery charging circuitry (PMIC).

The module also boasts 384 kB Flash memory, 80 kB SRAM, a low-power integrated DSP sensor hub with a proprietary pattern matching accelerator, and 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope.

“Last year, we partnered with leading technology, fashion and lifestyle brands to help build a robust wearable ecosystem," said Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group. “With the Intel® Curie™ module, Intel will continue to push the envelope of what’s possible and enable companies to quickly and effectively build low-power wearables in various form factors.”

The Intel® Curie™ module is a complete low-power system designed for companies interested in developing wearable technology. The module is ideal for "always-on" applications such as social media, sports, and fitness activities. This can enable efficient and intelligent wearable devices for a broad range of form factors — including rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers, even buttons.

To speed the development of wearable products based on the Intel® Curie™ module, Intel is providing a gamma of software that includes a small and efficient real-time operating system (RTOS) together with reference wearable applications called Intel® IQ Software kits. The kits include the embedded software that runs on this module together with companion smartphone applications and associated cloud capabilities.

Brian Krzanich holds the Intel® Curie™ button-sized prototype at CES 2015.