Intel's Curie module is a tiny chip for wearable devices

Intel introduces button-sized chip for wearable devices
By Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 6 Jan 2015 09:32 pm

At Intel's keynote for CES 2015, the company took the wraps off of its latest venture into wearables: the Curie module. The Intel Curie module is a tiny, button-sized chip that represents a pretty big leap forward, as it includes a number of features in a form-factor small enough to power a whole host of wearable devices.

From Intel:

Intel today disclosed plans for the Intel® Curie™ module, a tiny hardware product based on the company's first purpose-built SoC for wearable devices: the Intel® Quark™ SE SoC. The Intel Curie module is a complete low–power solution for the wearable space with compute, motion sensor, Bluetooth Low Energy and battery charging capabilities. The module runs on open source RTOS.

The Curie module integrates everything a wearable could need on one, tiny chip:

  • Low-power, 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller
  • 384kB flash memory, 80kB SRAM
  • Low-power, integrated DSP sensor hub with proprietary pattern matching accelerator
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Battery charging circuitry (PMIC)

With all of that tech packed into such a small form-factor, Intel says that it expects the Curie module to be embedded in a whole range of products including rings, pendants, and even buttons.

Source: Intel

Press Release:

Jan. 6, 2015

Intel today disclosed plans for the Intel® Curie™ module, a tiny hardware product based on the company's first purpose-built SoC for wearable devices: the Intel® Quark™ SE SoC. The Intel Curie module is a complete low–power solution for the wearable space with compute, motion sensor, Bluetooth Low Energy and battery charging capabilities. The module runs on open source RTOS.

About the Intel Curie Module

The Intel Curie module is a highly integrated hardware module that can power a solution the size of a button and will include a Bluetooth Low Energy radio and motion sensors.

The combination of integrated components in the module makes it a first-of-its-kind platform from Intel, in size and flexibility, enabling customers to create smaller devices with long battery life.

The Intel Curie module can enable efficient and intelligent wearable solutions for a broad range of form factors – from rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers to even buttons.

The Intel Curie Module includes:
  • Low-power, 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller
  • 384kB flash memory, 80kB SRAM
  • Low-power, integrated DSP sensor hub with proprietary pattern matching accelerator
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Battery charging circuitry (PMIC)
About the Intel Quark SE SoC

Scheduled to ship in the second half of this year in the Intel Curie module, the Intel Quark SE SoC is ideal for "always-on" applications such as social notifications and sports activities. It has been designed from the outset to be very power efficient. It can run for extended periods from a coin-sized battery by leveraging its power-efficient Intel Quark core combined with its dedicated sensor hub processor. In addition, the Intel Quark SE SoC integrates a unique

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