Intel Quark Chip details revealed

Intel has revealed plans to release a new chip aimed at hobbyists, enthusiasts, and also portable devices.


Brought about as part of a collaboration with leading open source hardware manufacturer Arduino CEO Brian Krzanich today discussed Intel’s latest chip which will be known as ‘Quark’.

Intel Quark Chip

The Galileo computer will be the first device to feature the chio and consists of a custom circuit board which is targeted at encouraging people into the world of cheap personal computing similar to Raspberry’s Pii. Based on the familiar x86 architecture, the Galileo computer will be equipped with a 400MHz 32-bit Quark SoC X1000 CPU and will run Arduino’s development environment as well as Linux.

Intel is not stopping there though as given the small size and incredibly low power consumption of the Quark chips it has its sights set on the increasing portable devices market for items such as smart watches, personal medical equipment, cars, and emerging markets such as wearable hardware.

Intel’s full press release is available here.