At the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco Intel’s Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich announced how a broad set of computing initiatives and projects would allow the company to move quickly into new market segments where everything is smart and connected. He showcased the Edison development board which the company first announced back in January. It was planned to be the size of a full size SD card but the finished article is slightly bigger. The board measures 25 x 35.5 mm, about half the size of an Arduino UNO
It contains a 100 MHz 32-bit Quark chip as well as a 500 MHz dual-core Silvermont Atom and comes with 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 4GB of flash memory. It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 and has a USB 2 port, SD card support and a 70-pin connector. The GPIO pins are fully Arduino compatible and the board will run code that has been written for the UNO.
According to Mike Bell, head of new product design at Intel “It's pretty much what would have been a full desktop not that long ago, on the size of a postage stamp, we have some cool ideas, but there are millions of people in the maker space, the innovation space, that are doing things we couldn't imagine"
The Edison board is available stand-alone or as part of a ready-made Arduino board.