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Samsung announces its IoT chips


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At this year’s Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung’s chief executive BK Yoon, said the Korean giant was putting down over US$100 million to fund developers and create an open system to catalyse the IoT market.  As we wrote at the time, Samsung’s vision of IoT is that of a huge dystopian info-gathering machine with Samsung playing the ‘Google’ role right at the centre where all the IoT big data gets distilled into gold.

This week Samsung has followed up on  that promise at  the Internet of Things World conference in San Francisco by rolling out a new family of low-power chips designed to power all kinds of connected “things.”  

The new chips come in three sizes — Artik 1, 5, and 10 —  Artik is claimed to be an open platform with production-ready modules, advanced software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity - all designed to help accelerate development of an IoT ecosystem.

There was the usual ‘leveraging’ going on: “We are providing the industry’s most advanced, open and secure platform for developing IoT products”, said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer, Samsung Electronics. “By leveraging Samsung’s high-volume manufacturing, advanced silicon process and packaging technologies, and extensive ecosystem, ARTIK allows developers to rapidly turn great ideas into market leading IoT products and applications.”

The initial members of the ARTIK family include:

  • ARTIK 1, the smallest IoT module currently available in the industry at 12mm-by-12mm, combines Bluetooth/BLE connectivity and a nine-axis sensor with best-in-class compute capabilities and power consumption. It is specifically designed for low-power, small form-factor IoT applications.
  • ARTIK 5 delivers an outstanding balance of size, power and price-performance and is ideal for home hubs, drones and high-end wearables. It incorporates a 1GHz dual-core processor and on-board DRAM and flash memory.
  • ARTIK 10 delivers advanced capabilities and high-performance to IoT with an eight-core processor, full 1080p video decoding/encoding, 5.1 audio and 2GB DRAM along with 16GB flash memory. The Samsung ARTIK 10 includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth/BLE and ZigBee connectivity and is designed for use with home servers, media applications, and in industrial settings.

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