The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the billions of devices and sensors across the globe that are now connected to the internet, and to each other, all collecting and sharing data.
And the IoT is growing exponentially, as the arrival of inexpensive computer chips, together with the ubiquity of wireless networks, has made it possible to turn pretty much anything into a part of the IoT. To put this in perspective, Statista forecasts that the number of IoT devices will almost triple from 9.7 billion in 2020 to more than 29 billion in 2030.
The applications are almost endless, and the IoT is made up of almost every type of device - smartphones, cars, refrigerators, watches and other wearables, smart fire alarms, smart security systems, baby monitors, door locks, bicycles, medical sensors, and fitness trackers, are only a few examples of the IoT products that we see today.
Enabling digital intelligence
The diversity of connected devices
Moving closer to the edge
Choosing the right IoT processor
12th Gen Intel Core Processor for IoT
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Connecting all these different ‘things’ and adding sensors and the ability to communicate with them, is infusing a level of digital intelligence into devices that would otherwise be inanimate.
Today, these devices are able to communicate real-time data without any intervention needed from people. The IoT is making the world around us more responsive and cleverer and is seeing the lines between the digital and physical universes blur.
Although form factors, connectivity, functionality, as well as a host of other factors, may differ from one IoT object to another, each and every connected device needs to have a processor.
In essence, the processor is the core of a semiconductor. It does all the intricate calculations, and it runs the programs. All complete IoT systems are the same in that they require the integration of four components, namely sensors and devices, connectivity, a processor, and a user interface.
Take a sensor in a thermostat, for example. While it might collect data on the temperature, this data cannot go straight to a communications chip. The processor is tasked with taking this data, wrapping it up, and sending it to the chip that controls communications.
However, IoT processor is not the same as a system on a chip, which is made up of a radio chip, memory, processor, and connectivity all packaged together in a single piece of silicon. There’s a lot more variation with IoT devices - a wearable will need infinitely less processing power than an IoT-enabled industrial environment, for instance.
As the connected world of IoT evolves, IoT apps are processing data daily, hourly, or in response to external factors that trigger their sensors into motion. The new intelligent edge we see today is benefiting IoT by moving computing processes closer to these devices, lowering network traffic and latency, and enabling actionable insights in real-time.
At the same time, device engineers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are designing their devices while trying to balance a variety of requirements, such as new form factors, different operating environments, power efficiency, and tightening budgets, all while making these devices reasonably priced.
As OEMs and device architects begin designing their IoT devices, here are a few key elements they need to consider:
Finally, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, and deep learning systems, have always been the domain of large-scale cloud servers, that have access to high compute and power resources. The traditional approach to provide AI processing to data collected by edge devices involves sending samples to the cloud, at the cost of latency, communication, connectivity, and privacy concerns.
As a result, recent years have seen a growing interest in enabling AI-aided inference on edge devices by leveraging their communication capabilities to establish collaborative inference. This means the OEM also needs to ask whether or not the device will depend on cloud services for heavy inference processing.
To enable rich visual experiences across a variety of clients, and to mix crucial workloads on a single edge platform, Intel’s 12th Gen Intel Core processors empower customers around the world to take the biggest step toward creating a software-defined, IoT world at the edge.
To help resolve IoT processing challenges 12th Gen Intel Core processors offer increased core count and performance to retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and other customers in every industry.
Code-named Alder Lake S-series and H-series, are Intel’s first family of processors enhanced for the edge-to-feature performance hybrid architecture that combines Performance-cores and Efficient-cores with Intel Thread Director.
These processors are enhanced to accelerate IoT application innovation, increased core counts, and advanced graphics, media, display, and AI capabilities. They also come in a wide range of price, performance and power.
This marriage of Intel’s new performance hybrid architecture and Intel 7 process technology, enables the 12th Gen Intel Core processor family to deliver key features that set it apart from other solutions available on the market today:
When put through their paces, 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors for IoT are up to 1.36 times faster in single-thread performance, and up to 1.35 times faster in multithread performance.
In addition, they are up to 1.94 times faster in graphics performance, and up to 2.81 times faster in GPU image classification inference performance compared to their predecessors.
Designed for IoT use cases with performance hybrid architecture, these processors also contain Intel UHD Graphics 770 driven by Intel Xe architecture that supports display virtualisation and up to four independent displays.
Next, security and manageability features and AI enablement help enhance productivity and fuel future innovation in IoT applications.
The Intel 12th Gen Core IoT processors deliver benefits across a wide variety of industries:
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