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Samsung unveils new chips to power the Internet of Things

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Samsung has announced a new stable of processors it hopes will power a brand new generation of connected devices.

The new Artik system-on-chips are designed to sit within Internet of Things devices like security cameras and home appliances, as well as fitness trackers, drones, and media players.

The Artik processing units will be available in three sizes named Artik 1, 5 and 10.

The Artik 10 is the most powerful of the bunch and is essentially a small computer. It’ll offer gadget makers a 1.3GHz Octa-core processor as well as 1080p video encoding.

Young Sohn, Samsung’s president and chief strategy officer explains (via The Verge): “This is what you find on our smartphones. It has a lot of stuff. GPU, CPU, it has the power management, it has I/O processing, video encoding, video decoding, audio features. Everything is already crammed in."

This $100 (around £65) SoC, Samsung says, is intended for manufacturers and developers who will be building cloud storage devices, media storage hardware and home servers.

Perhaps more useful however, will be the the tiny 12mm x 12mm Artik 1 which has Bluetooth LE, an accelerometer, a 9-axis motion sensor, a magnetometer and a gyroscope.

As you’d expect, this $10 chip will be perfect for the wearable devices, location beacons and Bluetooth tags.

The last of the trio is the Artik 5, which Samsung claims could be used in devices like unmanned aerial vehicles. It also has Wi-Fi and 720p video decoding.

Samsung says the components will be available to developers from today, although some companies have had early access.

The Boogio company, which makes motion tracking tech for shoes, has already been able to shrink down its prototype significantly using the tech.

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The announcement is Samsung’s latest bold step into the Internet of Things sector. It paid $300m for smart home company SmartThings last year, which will continue to build connected appliances to be controlled remotely over Wi-Fi connections. Now, you’d imagine, they’ll feature Samsung’s new Artik chips doing the heavy lifting.

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