Intel to offer a Windows 10 IoT platform with Linux as a free add-on

Intel will offer an IoT platform called IoT Hub, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Intel will add Linux support as an add-in for the Windows 10 Enterprise System development version and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise System, according the report.

The report was obtained by The Wall St. Journal. 

Intel’s first IoT Hub will use an IoT Core with a Raspberry Pi Zero as a platform.

The platform will be designed for small businesses that want to run the IoT Hub without the need for any additional hardware.

The Linux platform will provide the basic infrastructure for the IoT Core and the Linux-based IoT Hub. 

“We’ve worked closely with the Linux community to bring this platform to market,” said Brian T. Smith, vice president of Enterprise Product Management for Intel.

“We are pleased to be the first of our partners to bring a Linux-powered IoT Core to market.” 

Intel will launch the IoT hub in October with the Enterprise System version of Windows 10. 

The Windows 10 ecosystem for IoT devices is expected to include Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise versions, as well as an ARM-based version for IoT Mobile devices. 

Windows 10 IoT Hub and the Windows IoT Platform have a lot of similarities.

The Intel Hub will be a Windows device that can be run in a virtual environment and be powered by a Linux OS. 

According to the Intel Hub roadmap, the device will also have a “low-power” version with 4 to 8 GB of RAM, an SD card slot, and the ability to support the Windows Remote Desktop protocol. 

Other features in the Windows ecosystem include: Support for Linux-backed devices, including Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 (Intel, December 2016) Intel IoT Hub is expected for release later this year. 

Source: Bloomberg