>> INTEL EDISION - SMALL, BUT POWERFUL
... and now Intel is in on the "wearable" action hot on the heals of Google and Apple.
In January this year, Intel announced a new tiny computer called the
Intel Edison that would be the size of a standard
SD card (Secure Digital) but pack a punch with some impressive
technical specifications which could power many projects within the Internet
of Things industry - specifically wearable computing. To top it off, it is
available on its own or as an
compatible board which allows them to reach out to an existing developer base.
“It's pretty much what would have been a full desktop not that long
... on the size of a postage stamp,"
Mike Bell, head of new product design, Intel
Taking a quick look at the
product specifications - how powerful is it really?
- 22 nm Intel® SoC
- dual-core, dual-threaded Intel Atom CPU at 500 MHz
- Intel Quark micro-controller at 100 MHz
- 1 GB LPDDR3 POP memory
- 4 GB eMMC (flash memory)
- Broadcom 43340 802.11 a/b/g/n; (dual band 2.4 and 5Ghz)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 40 GPIO (which can be configured as)
- SD card, 2x UART, 2x I2C, SPI, I2S, 12x GPIO (4x PWM), 1x USB 2.0
- 35.5 × 25.0 × 3.9 mm (1.4 × 1.0 × 0.15 inches) max
From a developer point of view it uses
v1.6 as the main operating system and provides support for Arduino IDE
sketches, Eclipse supporting C, C++ and Python and Intel XDK supporting
node.js and HTML5 which covers a large range of developers and purposes.
standalone Edison is priced at $50 US and the
kit for Arduino is available for around $100 US at various vendors
(currently only available as pre-order) - since the announcement was only
done by Intel yesterday. I have played a little with the
Intel Galileo and the Edison looks to be it's little brother
and just as much fun but with more power and possibilities.