The leading chip maker, Intel has unveiled a new, all-in-one chip module called Intel Joule. It is a powerful and sophisticated compute module allowing developers to create modern tech devices seamlessly. They can take a concept into the prototype and then into production at a fraction of time and cost.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich launched the tiny Joule module at company’s annual Developer Conference in San Francisco. He said,
You get computing, extensive memory, and the ability to use human-like senses with the Intel RealSense technology. Joule will let you seamlessly transition from prototype to scale.
Intel Joule is essentially a small computer on a tiny module. It is further powered by RealSense depth-sensing camera technology, the same which is powering its first VR headset. You can fit Intel Joule on any device which requires high computing power or memory such as robotics or augmented reality glasses.
For instance, a French company called PivotHead has used the Joule module in augmented reality based safety glasses. Aircraft maker Airbus is using these safety glasses in its factory. Any technician wearing those glasses can find out any error while placing a rivet in a plane’s fuselage. The glasses will send an error signal in case the technician has placed the wrong rivet in a hole.
Any applications that require high-end edge computing can use Intel Joule. These include computer vision, robotics, drones, industrial IoT, VR, AR, micro-servers and others. Joule will be available in two models namely 570x and 550x. The company will begin shipping the models from September. Developers can also buy 570x developer kits at the ongoing Developer Conference at San Francisco.
Notably, Intel is slowly expanding the range of its chips and modules to meet the demands of new technologies. Previously only limited to computer chips, Intel has shown a keen interest in developing chips for latest segments like IoT and augmented/virtual reality devices and data centers.
The company recently acquired machine learning startup Nirvana Technologies for over $400 million. Last year, to revive and reinvent itself to suit modern electronic needs, it made one of the biggest acquisitions in tech by acquiring Altera which deals in programmable chips.