Intel Curie unveiled as button-sized chip to power future wearables

Intel Curie unveiled as button-sized chip to power future wearables

While some smartwatches and smart wrist bands have already been introduced at the CES 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has unveiled the Curie as the company’s first button-sized chip to power future wearables.

Krzanich, addressing the attendees during Intel’s keynote at the CES on Tuesday, said that Intel Curie will “change the game of wearables”. The tiny round chip module is designed by the chip maker for next-generation of wearable devices.

The Intel Curie chip is an integrated hardware module which includes Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) radio and motion sensors to power wearables of wide range of form factors, such as rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers or even cloth buttons.

There is a low-power, 32-bit Intel Quark SE microcontroller which comes equipped with a 384kB flash memory and 80kB SRAM. The company has added a 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope to make the future wearables smarter enough with this new chip. In addition, there is a battery charging circuitry (PMIC) to give decent battery life.

In a press statement, Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group, said:

“With the Intel Curie module, Intel will continue to push the envelope of what’s possible and enable companies to quickly and effectively build low-power wearables in various form factors.”

The Intel Curie is currently under development and will likely to be shipped in the second half of this year.

Last year, Intel shown its interest towards wearable devices and had announced its partnerships with companies like Fossil, Luxottica and Opening Ceremony among others to work on new offerings. The chip maker unveiled its first smart bracelet called MICA in September and is in rumours to develop the next-generation Google Glass later this year.