Intel has outlined Research Challenges in home, car and network energy consumption following introduction of System-on-chip (SoC) products for embedded applications such as in-vehicle-infotainment and IP media phones, by use of a standard to interconnect to the processor. The System-on-chip product features a combination of an Intel Atom processor core, the memory controller hub, graphics engine and video engine into one chip. This will let other companies with PCI Express compliant devices to directly connect to the chip thereby offering total flexibility and enhancing reduction in bill of materials and save on board real estate for embedded applications.
Meanwhile, Intel has also highlighted work with HawTai, a major Chinese Car Maker. The car maker has expressed interest to use Intel Atom processors and MeeGo software platform in their new B11 luxury sedan in-vehicle-infotainment systems. A second Chinese company China Mobile, which is the world’s largest wireless telecommunications company will adopt Intel chips for targeted platforms powering its wireless networks in developing its next generation wireless network infrastructure to help move the company into a 'compute and cloud' model..
"Intel is committed to focus our technologies on innovative new applications in China. We're cooperating closely with local companies in China to provide smarter and better connected computing solutions for cars, homes, businesses that provide infrastructure to power a more mobile and faster Internet experience." said Doug Davis, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's embedded and communications group.
Intel also disclosed that its researchers have invented a new wireless device to make the collection of energy data easy and inexpensive for consumers. The experimental, low-cost sensor need only be plugged into the house wiring to instantaneously measure and wirelessly report the power consumption of each electrical load in the home. The technology could be easily deployed by consumers to analyze energy usage of devices and appliances throughout a home.
"Consumer empowerment is critical. Individual consumers must have the information, tools and incentives to conserve scarce energy resources, minimize their carbon impact and keep their energy budgets under control. If we can make energy more personalized with real-time information and offer visual tools that engage entire communities, it will lead to valuable changes in behavior and save staggering amounts of energy." said Rattner, Intel Chief Technology Officer and managing director of Intel Labs.