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Intel chief unveils Arduino-compatible board

07 Oct 2013

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced Intel Galileo, the first development board compatible with the Arduino open-source hardware, to aid the creation of interactive objects or environments by artists, designers and others in the maker and education community. The product facilitates prototyping of simple designs such as LED light displays that respond to social media, as well as more complex innovations such as automating home appliances.

Intel Galileo runs an open source Linux operating system with the Arduino software libraries, enabling scalability and reuse of existing software, called "sketches". It can be programmed through Mac OS and Microsoft Windows. The board is designed to be hardware and software compatible with the Arduino shield ecosystem. It comes standard with several computing industry standard I/O interfaces, including ACPI, PCI Express, 10/100Mb Ethernet, SD, USB 2.0 device and EHCI/OHCI USB host ports, high-speed UART, RS-232 serial port, programmable 8MB NOR flash, and a JTAG port for easy debug. Intel Galileo features the Intel Quark SoC X1000, a 32bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible CPU, operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

Intel has pledged to donate 50,000 Intel Galileo boards to 1,000 universities around the world in the next 18 months as part of its collaborative agreement with the Arduino. The company has so far teamed up with 17 universities worldwide to develop curriculum based on the new Intel Galileo board.

"Through our ongoing efforts in education, we know that hands-on learning inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math ... We look forward to a productive collaboration with Arduino and to providing this community with some incredible Intel products that will help push the boundaries of our imaginations," Krzanich said.

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