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Check out the tiniest processor coming out of CES 2015

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jan 7th, 2015 7:00PM EST
Intel Curie Wearables Chip

The tech landscape has been flooded with a wide variety of interesting and quirky gadgets for the past few days as CES 2015 has gotten underway in Las Vegas. Whether it’s a new smartphone, 4K TV, wearable device or even washing machine, modern gadgets all come with various chips inside that give them access to the Internet and thus, to us. Intel is more than aware the future will bring even more always-connected smart gadgets, including wearables, and that’s why it created a tiny module that’ll surely equip some of tomorrow’s wearables.

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The Intel Curie is probably the tiniest computer coming out of CES and is even smaller than the Intel Edison that was unveiled last year. As AnandTech reveals, Curie is about as big as a U.S. dime or small button, and the device could be integrated in a variety of small devices, even smart rings.

The Curie packs a special Quark SE system-on-chip (SoC) that was purposely created for wearables, but it doesn’t include an applications processor. “This may seem limiting compared to powerful Galaxy Gear or Android Wear devices, but there are many devices such as Fitbit and even the Microsoft Band that also exclude an applications processor,” the publication writes.

Curie is supposed to ship in the second half of the year, although it’s not clear what wearable devices it’ll power.

A comparison between Intel’s Curie and Edison platforms, as listed by AnandTech, follows below.

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Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.