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Intel announces new IoT products, Thunderbolt 3

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article image ​INTEL has launched new products and solutions for designers and engineers looking to jump into IoT and wearables.

INTEL has launched new products and solutions for designers and engineers looking to jump into IoT and wearables.

The announcements were made at the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan.

Intel introduced new Pentium, Celeron and Atom processors specifically for IoT applications, especially in retail and medical environments. The processors integrate graphics performance in a low thermal envelope, and are specifically customized for IoT, with features like ECC memory support, Intel vPro, and seven year availability.

Also announced were the 5th generation Intel Core family of processors, which now includes the first LGA socketed desktop processor with integrated Iris Pro graphics.

The lower 65-watt thermal design power (TDP) allows full PC performance in a broad range of form factors, including smaller and thinner mini PCs and all-in-one desktops, providing up to two times better 3-D graphics performance, 35 percent video conversion and 20 percent compute performance over the previous generation processors.

On the mobile front, the 5th generation Intel Core mobile processors also integrate Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, for gaming and content creation on the go.

Intel also announced the latest IoT gateway reference design, which adds the option of using Intel Core processor-based units, and Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT 3 with flexible packaging options for applications that require a low cost of entry.

Intel also made available the Ubuntu Snappy Core operating system for its Intel IoT Gateway reference designs.

The semiconductor giant also released Thunderbolt 3, which it claims is the biggest advancement in the connection technology since its inception. A single Thunderbolt 3 cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying popwer.

According to Intel, Thunderbolt 3 will be invaluable in applications like 4K video, single-cable docks with charging, external graphics and built-in 10 GbE networking. Initial products are expected to start shipping before the end of 2015.

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