Intel Pre-ordered Edison board microcomputer for Internet of Things available


    Intel at CES 2014 announced the release of the Intel Edison platform - a ready-to-use general-purpose computing environment with support for wireless data transfer. It is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs and developers creating compact or wearable devices. The microcomputer of the Intel Edison platform looked like an SD card, but has changed a lot by the final release. At the moment, tools for the developer (development kits) are already available for the Edison board, and Linux can be launched (special Yocto project for small devices ), as well as RTOS .

    Data sheet
    • Processor: SoC "Tangier", includes two Intel Atom cores (Silvermont) processor (22nm) processor @ 500 MHz and 32-bit Intel Quark micro-controller @ 100 MHz
    • RAM: 1 GB LPDDR3 (PoP memory) - 2 channel 32bits @ 800MT / sec
    • User memory: 4 GB eMMC (v4.51 spec) + slot for micro SD cards
    • Network: 802.11 a / b / g / n Wi-Fi (5 GHz, Broadcom 43340 chip) with built-in antenna or external, and Bluetooth 4.0
    • USB: one micro USB connector
    • Programmable Contacts:
      • 2x UART (1 full flow control, 1 Rx / Tx)
      • 2x I2C, 1x SPI with 2 chip selects
      • 1x I2S
      • 12x GPIO including 4 PWM pins

    • Connecting peripheral modules: 70-pin connector (Hirose DF40 series - 1.5, 2.0, or 3.0 mm stack height)
    • Power supply: input from 3.3 to 4.5 V; output: 100mA @ 3.3V and 100 mA @ 1.8V
    • Power modes: standby (without radio transmission): 13 mW; Standby (Bluetooth 4.0): 21.5 mW (BLE in Q4 2014); Standby (Wi-Fi): 35 mW.
    • Dimensions: 35.5 × 25.0 × 3.9 mm
    • Operating temperature range: 0 to 40 ° C

    Edison board includes Intel Atom, which runs under Linux version Yocto 1.6, and Quark MCU under ViperOS (a truncated version of VxWorks from Wind River). Developer tools include Arduino IDE, Eclipse with support for C, C ++, support for Python and Intel XDK for Node.JS and HTML5 developers. SDK and IDE will be available soon for Quark MCU. Intel IoT Analytics Platform is a cloud-based device solution available for limited and non-commercial use.
    Edison flowchart


    Edison board is a basic module with a minimalist design, so Intel has developed two use cases:

    Intel Edison Board for Arduino- a board with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible with Arduino UNO contacts, with the exception of only 4 PWM support (there are 6 of them in Arduino UNO)

    Intel Edison debug board is a small board with the following interfaces and features:
    • native support 1.8 VI / O from Edison module
    • 0.1 ″ grid I / O array of contacts for contact soldering
    • USB OTG with USB Micro Type-AB
    • USB OTG (with power switching)
    • Battery Support
    • USB Bridge - UART, micro Type-B
    • DC Power (7 to 15 VDC)

    In addition, SparkFun has developed its own version of blocks (modules), connected according to the stack scheme, for Edison
    SparkFun Blocks for Edison.
    SparkFun, a reseller of Edison and debug boards, has developed its own version of stackable blocks for Edison “SparkFun Blocks”, built by analogy with the modules for Arduino. The cost of blocks varies from $ 15 for the base, with the I2C and GPIO bus, to $ 70 for the Edison Sensor Pack, which includes a 9 Degrees of Freedom (9DOF) unit with an OLED display and a microSD card block.

    Additional units include support for ADC (ADC), Arduino, PWM (PWM), a console, and a dual-channel engine driver (Dual H-Bridge). For battery life, SparkFun introduced a 400mAh LiPo battery module.

    In the video below, SparkFun demonstrates Edison and its SparkFun Blocks for Edison solution.

    The documentation includes a brief description, an Edison board guide for Arduino and a debug board, Arduino IDE, and instructions for downloading Yocto BSP from Intel's Edison Board page .

    Intel Edison at Sparkfun will cost $ 49.95
    with the Edison board for Arduino - $ 107
    with the Intel Edison board - $ 75
    Starter Pack - $ 114.95
    Sending pre-orders is expected within 6 - 8 weeks. By the end of this year, Intel Edison will be represented in 65 countries.

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