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Intel introduces Joule IoT development kit

Steve Rogerson
August 24, 2016

At last week’s Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced the Intel Joule compute module, a high-performance developer platform with support for Intel RealSense depth-sensing cameras, targeted at IoT developers, entrepreneurs and established enterprises.
Several Intel customers and partners demonstrated potential applications of the technology, including Microsoft, Canonical and French company PivotHead, which has created augmented reality safety glasses for manufacturing environments.
The Joule platform enables people to prototype a concept rapidly and then take it into production in a fraction of the time and development cost. Joule is a system-on-module (SoM) in a low-power package making it suitable for computer vision, robotics, drones, industrial IoT, VR, AR, micro-servers and other applications that require high-end edge computing.
The Joule module is available in two models – 570x and 550x. The 570x developer kit was available for sale at the conference and will begin shipping next month through Intel reseller partners.
Also at the forum, senior Intel executives mapped out the company’s autonomous driving vision. The session outlined the business opportunity, headlined Intel’s end-to-end technology assets and nodded to its investment strategy.
Intel covered how it is positioned to deliver the broadest set of assets for autonomous driving, powering the intelligence behind the things, network and the cloud. The morning kicked off with Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the IoT group. Subsequent sessions were led by: Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the data centre group, who connected the dots between things and the data centre, including machine and deep learning; Asha Keddy, vice president of the client and IoT businesses and systems architecture group, who summarised network needs and the evolution of 5G; and Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the software and services group, who rounded out the morning discussing the software-enabled autonomous driving future.