Fashion companies don't have time to think about technology, and the software packages make implementing Curie into wearables easy, Bell said. Still, Intel faces significant challenges as it tries to make a mark in wearables. Like it did in mobile devices, Intel has to contend with ARM and MIPS, whose processors are used in most wearables today.
Intel's emphasis in wearables is on "making it easy and making it early," said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research. The early approach is to prevent what happened to Intel in tablets from happening as well in wearables. ARM got a headstart in tablets and now dominates the market.
The wearables market is growing, and Intel wants to ensure the next big hit product has its chips, McCarron said.
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