To propel its Internet of Things strategy, Samsung just revealed a bunch of processors – Artik 1, Artik 5 and Artik10 that can power everything from servers and smartphones to drones and wearables.
Samsung’s President, Young Sohn, at the Internet of Things World Conference in San Francisco Tuesday, showed off the company’s new Artik platform, three new processors backed by custom software, to help developers create new sensor-enabled devices.
The smallest module is the Artik 1, which is meant to for small low-power devices. It will cost “less than $10,” according to Sohn. The exact price however, has not been disclosed yet.
The Artik 5 is the mid-range processor of the three — about the size of a quarter — and is meant to power devices like smartwatches and drones. It has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of DRAM and 4 GB of flash memory and has Wi-Fi, bluetooth and video encoding capabilities.
The Artik10, the largest and most powerful, is compatible for more resource-intensive devices like smartphones and home servers. The eight-processor module is equipped with 2 GB of DRAM and 16GB of flash memory and has Wi-Fi, bluetooth and HD video capabilities. It will cost “less than $100.” The Artik10 will also ship as part of an Artikdevelopment kit, which will be available to some developers beginning Tuesday.
Artik is backed by a new cloud service called SmartThings Open Cloud, a cloud service available to developers who use the Artik modules, meant to make it easier for people to create apps and services for IoT devices.
Alex Hawkinson,CEO and Co-founder of SmartThings stated that the new service is meant to decrease the barrier of entry for startups who want to develop IoT applications
“It’s basically a sister cloud for the Artik platform,” Hawkinson said during a media event after Tuesday’s keynote. “Device makers don’t have to build their own cloud if they don’t want to.”
With the introduction of Artik Platform, Samsung has triggered its business rivalry other hardware companies like Intel and Qualcomm, who have their own platforms for connected devices.