Samsung intros ARTIK Cloud as part of push into IoT, cloud services market

The ARTIK Cloud provides the tools companies need to securely collect, store, analyze and act on data collected from any connected device or cloud service, Samsung said.

Samsung on Wednesday introduced the ARTIK Cloud service, the latest addition to a family of ARTIK software and hardware products designed for the Internet of Things.

The ARTIK Cloud provides the tools companies need to securely collect, store, analyze and act on data collected from any connected device or cloud service, Samsung said. The idea is to offer companies a service that can be rolled out quickly in order to bring Internet of Things applications to market.

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Looking at the bigger picture, the South Korean tech giant hopes ARTIK will give it a sturdy foothold in the blossoming IoT market. Samsung has remained focused on IoT since last year's Consumer Electronics Show.

Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer for Samsung, said ARTIK is unlike other IoT cloud platforms in that it breaks down data silos between devices. He also noted that ARTIK has been in development for three years.

"The launch of this exciting new platform not only signals Samsung's foray into the cloud services market but reinforces our belief that, by creating powerful open platforms, we can harness the information generated by IoT to develop new insights and new approaches to address the major global challenges of today and tomorrow," Sohn said in a statement.

As for the rest of the ARTIK family, the ecosystem began as a one-stop chip module with a built-in application processor, modem chip, memory chip, and sensor. ARTIK is offered in three options with different sizes and specifications: ARTIK 1, ARTIK 5, and ARTIK 10.

ARTIK 1, about the size of a ladybug, is the entry-level option with a 250MHz dual-core processor with 4MB of flash memory, 9-axis motion sensor, Bluetooth Low Energy support. ARTIK 1 is designed for location-based beacons, activity trackers, smart bands, and other IoT end nodes, Samsung said.

The ARTIK 5, roughly the size of a quarter coin, packs more power with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB DRAM and 4GB flash memory (ePOP), a video decoder and encoder. Samsung suggested ARTIK 5 as ideal for smarthome hubs.

ARTIK 10 is meant to be the complete system for home servers and personal clouds with a 1.3GHz Octacore processor, 2GB DRAM and 16GB flash memory, the HD encoder and decoder, 5.1 audio and local intelligence.

ARTIK Cloud was announced at the Samsung Developer Conference taking place in San Francisco this week.