This week Intel released a hardware product that it claims is “the next generation of Internet of things.”
The Internet ofThings Hub, which can connect a variety of devices to an Internet-connected home, is expected to be released in the first half of 2020.
“Intel’s Internet of Everything Hub connects to any home network, allowing users to remotely control their appliances, control their smart devices, and control lighting and air conditioning,” Intel’s marketing materials read.
“The Internet of Everywhere will connect all your devices to the cloud, allowing them to connect seamlessly to the Internet of People.”
The device will include a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B computer and two USB 3.0 ports, and it will cost $99.95.
“We’ve built the IoT Hub to be easy to use, powerful, and easy to control,” said Adam Greenfield, Intel’s vice president of IoT, in a statement.
“It’s not just a piece of hardware; it’s the foundation of your home’s IoT experience.”
The product will be able to “control the thermostat of your entire home,” and it is expected that “it will also be the hub for many IoT applications.”
A recent study found that IoT devices are expected to surpass desktop computers in terms of size, and Intel’s product could help bring them closer to this goal.
According to the study, the IoT hub will allow users to connect “up to 10 IoT devices” to the home network.
The Hub is expected also to be able “to access smart devices in the room” and to “provide remote access to your home and office through an Internet of All Things Hub.”
The Hub also “will enable IoT to connect to other devices, like lighting and ventilation fans, and smart appliances, like smart thermostats, refrigerators, and more.”
Intel is “looking at many IoT devices that can be connected to the internet, including lighting, fans, smart air conditioners, and other smart devices that require power and connectivity,” according to the product’s description.
The company has also said that the Internet-enabled Hub “provides an enhanced Internet of everything experience, including: remote access from anywhere in the world through the Internet and the cloud; smart thermoregulation with the power of IoT to control your home; and IoT security with built-in encryption.”
Intel’s Internet-based hub will likely be the first product to be launched with the Intel X99 chipset, which will be released later this year.
The chip is said to have “over 30 percent more transistors than its predecessor,” and “it can handle up to 2 teraflops of performance.”
The new Intel X9 chipset will also include support for “dual core CPU performance, high clock speed, and 64-bit architecture.”
“Intel is excited to be the launch partner for the Intel’s next generation Internet of Home and Internet of Life,” said James Bowers, vice president and general manager of product development at Intel.
“By bringing IoT and cloud computing together, we are enabling smart home devices to connect directly to the Cloud and the Internet.”