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Intel Announces Quark, Its Smallest Silicon Yet

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Quark is teeny and uses a fraction of the power that Atom consumes.

Though the Internet might be absorbed in all things Apple, there's plenty of other stuff going on in the tech industry. Chief among them is IDF, but Intel isn't letting a little thing like an Apple event get in the way of its developer conference or any planned announcements. During his IDF keynote, Intel's CEO revealed its smallest silicon yet, Quark.

Quark is Intel's newest range of processors and it's aimed at wearable tech. The Quark chips use one tenth of the power of Intel's Atom and measure one fifth of Atom's size. The low-power chips come as the market for smartwatches and devices like Google Glass is poised to explode.

Other than the fact that Quark will target wearable devices, CEO Brian Krzanich didn't give much else away. We'll keep you posted on all things Quark.

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    pbrigido , September 10, 2013 1:15 PM
    Sounds like Intel will start to provide hardware for some exciting new products. What architecture does it use? I'm assuming x86?
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    warezme , September 10, 2013 1:23 PM
    Why is it all I can picture is a Farengi?
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    Stimpack , September 10, 2013 1:30 PM
    Once you have their money, you never give it back.
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    hannibal , September 10, 2013 1:36 PM
    Because this is greedy and compatible with 285 rules of ACQUISITION...

    :-)

    But a ferengi fits quite nice to this news...
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    The_Trutherizer , September 10, 2013 2:29 PM
    I think I may be wrong, but people really like their stylish watches. As the writer has said there may well be a huge sale of these smart watches in the beginning, but intel would do better to develop smart kits that designers can incorporate in normal watches. Heck I know many women are really serious about what watches men wear. Not to mention themselves. We're talking about jewellery here. Giver me a waterproof voice activated ring and watch (stylish) that I can wear that can serve as a phone. Bring it on. That's actually cool. Beats having to lug a big ass phone around.
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    The_Trutherizer , September 10, 2013 2:29 PM
    I think I may be wrong, but people really like their stylish watches. As the writer has said there may well be a huge sale of these smart watches in the beginning, but intel would do better to develop smart kits that designers can incorporate in normal watches. Heck I know many women are really serious about what watches men wear. Not to mention themselves. We're talking about jewellery here. Giver me a waterproof voice activated ring and watch (stylish) that I can wear that can serve as a phone. Bring it on. That's actually cool. Beats having to lug a big ass phone around.
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , September 10, 2013 2:38 PM
    I wonder how this will translate to their desktop and mobile lines? It is nice to see Intel, arm and apple with others making strides in the mobile sector. This is the kind of stuff I dreamed of as a kid!
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , September 10, 2013 2:45 PM
    Oh and I want bench marks comparing this, custom arm architectures, atoms etc...
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    stevejnb , September 10, 2013 3:03 PM
    Quote:
    I think I may be wrong, but people really like their stylish watches. As the writer has said there may well be a huge sale of these smart watches in the beginning, but intel would do better to develop smart kits that designers can incorporate in normal watches. Heck I know many women are really serious about what watches men wear. Not to mention themselves. We're talking about jewellery here. Giver me a waterproof voice activated ring and watch (stylish) that I can wear that can serve as a phone. Bring it on. That's actually cool. Beats having to lug a big ass phone around.


    What has happened to the resilience and fortitude of the people in our society when something that weighs mere ounces and rests comfortably on the palm of your hand and fits in most pockets is described as some "big ass" device that one must "lug" around?
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    Durandul , September 10, 2013 3:15 PM
    I want "smart" clothes. That or just use it to make a rave hat. It would have lights that pulsate to the beats.
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    Durandul , September 10, 2013 3:17 PM
    Oooh, on second thought, what about tiny arrays of these? That would be hilarious and potentially useful.
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    kenyee , September 10, 2013 3:26 PM
    Only useful if it can beat ARM Cortex M0+...their power levels are even lower than TI's MSP430 which used to be the lowest though it's still cheaper.
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    alextheblue , September 10, 2013 4:44 PM
    Smart *clothes*? No thanks. Put it in a Smartlink mod for my Ares Predator, and we'll talk.

    "This thing has SOFTWARE?"
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    guardianangel42 , September 10, 2013 4:58 PM
    Quote:
    What has happened to the resilience and fortitude of the people in our society when something that weighs mere ounces and rests comfortably on the palm of your hand and fits in most pockets is described as some "big ass" device that one must "lug" around?


    I'm sorry, but my phone will never replace my watch. It takes two seconds for me to look at my watch and know the time, date, and day. To use my phone for that exact same purpose I'd need to stand up (I'm 6'5" so most chairs put my legs at a sharp angle, making getting into my pocket difficult), reach into my pocket and pull out my phone, press the wake button, and THEN find out the time, date, and day.

    Why would I ever forgo a watch to replace it with a more cumbersome method; one I don't always have with me and which isn't always charged? If I need the time, I need it, but my phone isn't always there or isn't always available.

    So yeah, my phone will never replace my watch. I might get a new watch, but it definitely won't be smart watch; not until I get 2 year battery life from it.
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    CaedenV , September 10, 2013 7:15 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    What has happened to the resilience and fortitude of the people in our society when something that weighs mere ounces and rests comfortably on the palm of your hand and fits in most pockets is described as some "big ass" device that one must "lug" around?


    I'm sorry, but my phone will never replace my watch. It takes two seconds for me to look at my watch and know the time, date, and day. To use my phone for that exact same purpose I'd need to stand up (I'm 6'5" so most chairs put my legs at a sharp angle, making getting into my pocket difficult), reach into my pocket and pull out my phone, press the wake button, and THEN find out the time, date, and day.

    Why would I ever forgo a watch to replace it with a more cumbersome method; one I don't always have with me and which isn't always charged? If I need the time, I need it, but my phone isn't always there or isn't always available.

    So yeah, my phone will never replace my watch. I might get a new watch, but it definitely won't be smart watch; not until I get 2 year battery life from it.


    I don't know about you, but I am surrounded by clocks. There is one on the computer at all times, which is where I spend the vast bulk of the day. Then there is one in the living room where I spend what little down time I get. Then there is one in the car, in the basement, on the thermostat in the hall, and for that rare moment that I happen to be in a place without a clock then I can spend the effort to dig my phone out of my pocket...

    But the biggest thing about having a smart phone are alarms and calendars. If there is some place important I need to be then it is added to my calendar with a reminder that gives me plenty of time to put away what I am doing and travel to where I need to go. The rest of the time I simply don't need to worry about time anymore, and that is quite liberating.
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    CaedenV , September 10, 2013 7:20 PM
    Quote:
    I want "smart" clothes. That or just use it to make a rave hat. It would have lights that pulsate to the beats.


    "This message is to inform you that I am soiled

    -sincerely, your pants"

    Smart clothes? No thanks.

    This tech would be much better used for smart home applications. Many more devices could be sold to a much wider audience, with a much more justifiable price while keeping profits relatively high.
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    Geef , September 10, 2013 10:08 PM
    CaedenV
    Quote:
    "This message is to inform you that I am soiled

    -sincerely, your pants"

    Smart clothes? No thanks.

    This tech would be much better used for smart home applications. Many more devices could be sold to a much wider audience, with a much more justifiable price while keeping profits relatively high.
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    I think it might be useful for smart clothes like disposable baby diapers that do something when the kid drops a load just so you don't need to check all the time. ;) 
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    Jonathan Marsh , September 11, 2013 2:10 AM
    Won't be long until these are powered biologically and we can get oled tattoos. I never wear a watch, but I wouldn't mind an embedded oled touch screen. No worries about battery power as long as you are alive.
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    DRosencraft , September 11, 2013 7:09 AM
    Here's what happened. A company launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the first "smart watch" working with the iPhone. Everyone saw this and thought, "Apple is trying to grab this up. This will be the next big thing. We can't let Apple beat us to it" so we now have Nissan, a car company, trying to make a smart watch that tells you how your car is doing... I think Intel just said, "hey, if everyone wants to make these things, I guess we could spend a little on chips for them. Makes us a little more money". It's no more than what chip makers have been doing forever - trying to make their chips smaller, more powerful, while pulling less power and generating less heat.
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    John Pombrio , September 11, 2013 5:27 PM
    Back to the 8086 CPU are we?