IntelIntel just announced its smallest silicon yet. It’s called Quark, and it’s one-fifth the size of the company’s existing Atom cores, and uses one-tenth the power. Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich just pulled out the tiny Quark X1000 chip at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, and explained that it’s for the internet of things: Intel will provide equally miniature reference boards and software to help developers put tiny communicating computers in just about everything — including smartwatches, if developers are interested. “Yes, we have been working on wearables,” said Krzanich, pulling out another pair of reference designs that could fit on a wrist. The CEO clarified that Intel doesn’t itself plan to produce wearable computers, but hopes to inspire and empower other companies to do so using its new silicon. Also, importantly, Intel says that Quark is “fully synthesizable.”

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