​Intel and SK Telecom team up on WebRTC IoT devices

Intel and SK Telecom will jointly develop Internet of Things (IoT) devices that use Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) technology that will allow voice and video calls without a phone in the future.

Chip giant Intel and South Korea's largest wireless carrier SK Telecom will co-develop IoT devices that use WebRTC, the companies announced at the sidelines of Intel Developer Forum.

WebRTC is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard for the next-generation web browser data transfer for videos and voices.

The firms will jointly develop technology that will allow WebRTC to be applied on Intel's IoT module, the Edison, and develop devices that will support video and voice calls.

Non-phones devices can be custom-made to support video and voice calls depending on the client's need, SK Telecom said.

The companies will provide their respective SDKs for WebRTC for free to lure developers.

SK Telecom in South Korea provides a commercial service version of WebRTC, called PlayRTC, a voice and video call service platform for enterprise clients.

The South Korean telco is cooperating with US counterpart Verizon to co-develop 5G specs.

At IDF 2016 on Wednesday, Intel has unveiled the its next-generation chip for machine learning, code named Knight Mill.

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