Samsung Electronics has taken a key initiative in relation to the so-called Internet of Things, as it unveiled a new chip family that will help firms build interconnected devices more quickly and easily.
The Korean technology giant on Tuesday announced the Artik line of processors, which combine hardware and software that will help add computing power to everyday devices and enable them to connect to the Internet.
One of three initial Artik circuit boards has a chip with two processors, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and other features, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The board, intended for applications like smartwatches, would sell for less than US$10, Young Sohn, Samsung’s president and chief strategy officer, was quoted as saying at an event in San Francisco.
The largest board, about the size of two postage stamps side by side, includes essentially all the features of a Samsung smartphone, including an eight-processor chip, 32 gigabytes of data storage and video capabilities, the report said.
The board, which will sell for less than US$100, is suited for applications such as home hub devices to store video and other consumer data.
Sohn said the effort is designed to help other firms move faster into the Internet of Things, while also enhancing Samsung’s own products, including televisions, home appliances and smartphones.
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