Intel has announced a new series of processors meant specifically for the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) segment. The Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series, have been crafted with aspects such as Artificial Intelligence, safety, security, performance, and several other real-time capabilities.
Intel has offered yet another series of powerful yet highly efficient processors that will drive the next generation of IoT devices. These new 11th Gen Intel Core processors reportedly bring new Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, functional safety, and several new real-time capabilities. The processors should be embedded in realtime data and mission-critical infrastructure. However, it is quite possible that these new Intel CPUs could be available to enthusiasts as well.
Intel Atom x6000E And Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series Specifications, Features:
The Intel Atom x6000E And Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series are reportedly Intel’s first processor platform enhanced for IoT. They claim to deliver enhanced real-time performance and efficiency; up to 2 times better 3D graphics; a dedicated real-time offload engine; Intel Programmable Services Engine, which supports out-of-band and in-band remote device management; enhanced I/O and storage options; and integrated 2.5 GbE time-sensitive networking. They can support 4K 60FPS resolution on up to three simultaneous displays. Intel assures its new processors can meet strict functional safety requirements with the Intel Safety Island and include built-in hardware-based security.
The 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series bring new #AI, security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers: https://t.co/BpnTGLu2DL pic.twitter.com/xfKAaMjohp
— Intel News (@intelnews) September 23, 2020
Some of the use case scenarios in which Intel claims these processors would work well are as follows:
- Industrial: Real-time control systems and devices that meet functional safety requirements for industrial robots and for chemical, oil field, and energy grid-control applications.
- Transportation: Vehicle controls, fleet monitoring, and management systems that synchronize inputs from multiple sensors and direct actions in semi-autonomous buses, trains, ships, and trucks.
- Healthcare: Medical displays, carts, service robots, entry-level ultrasound machines, gateways, and kiosks that require AI and computer vision with reduced energy consumption.
- Retail and hospitality: Fixed and mobile point-of-sale systems for retail and quick-service restaurants with high-resolution graphics.
Whopping 50% more edge computing power
— congatec (@congatecAG) September 23, 2020
Intel Going Beyond Mainstream Processor Market With New Processors?
Essentially, Intel appears to be significantly diversifying the applicability of its processors. The company is clearly thinking far beyond the desktop, laptop, data warehousing, and server applications for its processors. Intel’s primary competitor AMD has been making some serious progress and challenging the company with its latest line of Ryzen, Threadripper, and EPYC CPUs. AMD has been able to attract several end consumers and even enterprises, which is cutting into Intel’s business.
— Patrick Hopper (@patrickhopper) September 23, 2020
Interestingly, neither Intel nor AMD have a majority market share in the fast-growing IoT market. There are several processor makers, including MediaTek Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics, etc. The market is estimated to reach USD 22.49 Billion by 2026, growing at a very healthy CAGR of 12.5 percent from 2019 to 2026.
Intel (Atom x6000E, Celeron N and J) aka Elkhart Lake
— Andreas Schilling 🇺🇦 (@aschilling) September 23, 2020
Intel is promising its new line of processors can handle edge complexity, can optimize total cost of ownership, and are applicable for a range of environmental conditions. The Intel Atom x6000E series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series reportedly have over 100 OEM partners committed to developing and delivering IoT solutions.