For Intel, 2014 has been quite an interesting year. The company, mainly known for its line of processors for desktop and notebook computers, has been working hard to diversify its product portfolio to include devices such as smartphones, smartwatches, and even stuff it calls The Internet of Things.
Intel continues to innovate in chips and processors across all mobile form factors, delivering enhanced performance, battery life and features. These include prototyping lightweight designs for a range of mobile form factors that includes PCs, laptops and tablets.
With the Intel Core M processor, the company delivered the world’s first 14nm processor technology in volume production, with the first device utilising it coming in the form of Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro. It is expected that more such devices will be made available in the market by other OEMs sometime in the first half of 2015.
At the same time, devices powered by Intel Atom processors can be seen in devices running Android and Windows 8. Intel also announced the commercial availability of its Intel XMM 7260 LTE Advanced modem, which was first introduced in Samsung’s GALAXY Alpha device. China Mobile has also certified the modem, which provides Intel with an excellent opportunity to work closer with China’s largest mobile operator.
It may not seem like it, but Intel is also currently at the forefront of wearable technology, having forged partnerships with companies such as Fossil Group, Opening Ceremony and SMS Audio LLC to develop wearable devices that run Intel’s processors. It also acquired Basis, one of the best companies in the world when it comes to health-tracking devices for their excellent sensors.
Internet of Things continue to grow every year, and it is predicted that by 2020, there will be more than 30 billion connected devices. Intel joined the Open Interconnect Consortium and the Industrial Internet Consortium to advance interoperability between devices, and has also formed a series of partnerships to drive the use of connected technologies across various industries. Participating partners include Chunghwa Telecom, Ford and Mitsubishi Electric.
Speaking of the Internet of Things, Intel predicts that 2015 will see the beginning of the Era of Integration, where smart devices continue to evolve to provide users with even more immersive experiences.
These smart devices will become easier to use, and tailored to individual needs. The emergence of new form factors, including wearables will contribute to this era, as current technologies such as 3D imaging and wireless charging continue to evolve and be available for commercial use.
In terms of economics, IoT is set to grow in terms of profitability as well, as predictions forecast the IoT market to grow from USD$1.9 trillion in 2013 to USD$7.1 trillion by 2020. When implemented right, Internet of Things will enrich everyday life, improve government efficiency, transform businesses and increase overall productivity.