With increasing competition and declining PC shipments, Intel realizes that it needs to invade the mobile chipset market as soon as possible. The company’s latest Quark SoC that was announced at IDF, is the latest step in that direction. Quark is Intel’s smallest system-on-a-chip to date with processor cores one fifth the size of Atom’s (Intel’s other chips and not the building blocks of matter). The chip is built on an open architecture and should find use in integrated systems.
With this small a chip, its uses are potentially too many. It could soon find itself driving smartwatches and other wearables. Intel hopes that the chip will be used in healthcare and municipal use cases, too. The specifications of the chipset are unknown for now as is the availability.