Brian_Krzanich_holds_the_Intel_Curie_button_sized_prototype

Intel is launching a microcontroller the size of a button. The announcement was made by CEO Brian Krzanich during his keynote speech at CES 2015 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Curie hardware module is based on Quark SE, the chipmaker’s first purpose-built SoC for wearable devices.

Curie runs on open source RTOS (real-time operating system), and comes with motion sensors, Bluetooth LE, and battery charging capabilities. Lets take a quick look at the tech specs:

  • 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)

Curie is scheduled to ship in the second half of 2015.

[Image courtesy: Intel]