Intel today announced the launch of new products tailored to edge computing scenarios like digital signage, interactive kiosks, medical devices, and health care service robots. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, Atom x6000E Series, Pentium, Celeron N, and J Series bring new AI security, functional safety, and real-time capabilities to edge customers, the chipmaker says, laying the groundwork for innovative future applications. Intel expects the edge market to be a $65 billion silicon opportunity by 2024. The company's own revenue in the space grew more than 20% to $9.5 billion in 2018. And according to a 2020 IDC report, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge within three years.
What's New: Today at the Intel Industrial Summit 2020, Intel announced new enhanced internet of things (IoT) capabilities. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series bring new artificial intelligence (AI), security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers. With a robust hardware and software portfolio, an unparalleled ecosystem and 15,000 customer deployments globally, Intel is providing robust solutions for the $65 billion edge silicon market opportunity by 2024. "By 2023, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge.1 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors represent our most significant step forward yet in enhancements for IoT, bringing features that address our customers' current needs, while setting the foundation for capabilities with advancements in AI and 5G." –John Healy, Intel vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Platform Management and Customer Engineering Why It's Important: Intel works closely with customers to build proofs of concept, optimize solutions and collect feedback along the way. Innovations delivered with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors are a response to challenges felt across the IoT industry: edge complexity, total cost of ownership and a range of environmental conditions.
Update: Intel has been in contact to say that the original Product Change Notification (PCN) it released had incorrect information, and it has since released a new PCN. According to Intel, "There are no changes to the B-1 Stepping of the Intel Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 Processors and Intel Pentium N4200 Processor as they meet all Intel quality goals for PC Usage and will continue to be available. The F-1 Apollo Lake Intel Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 Processors and Intel Pentium N4200 Processor meet all Intel quality goals for PC Usage. With IOTG's operational decision to converge onto a single package for all of the IOTG Apollo Lake Processors, the F-1 stepping Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 Processors and Pentium N4200 Processor has a slight increase in Z height compared to the B-1 Stepping." Although they were only released in 2016, there are reports that Intel Apollo Lake processors are dying sooner than expected.
Intel's biggest reveal during IFA Berlin was the new Kaby Lake 7-th generation Core processors, but it wasn't the only CPU news from the chip maker. Intel also debuted the new 14nm Apollo Lake platform featuring six different Celeron and Apollo processors--though the company didn't make a big deal about it. The story behind the story: Apollo Lake uses the next-generation Atom architecture, Goldmont, that was meant primarily for the defunct Broxton and Sofia mobile chips. Like its predecessors, the Apollo Lake processors will be used in low-end notebooks and desktops and succeed the 14nm Braswell chips that rolled out in 2015. They're all 10 watt processors and come rocking Intel's 500-series integrated graphics.