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Intel's mini-IoT module to power Arduino dev boards

19 Oct 2015  | Jessica Lipsky

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Intel has revealed that its mini Internet of Things (IoT) module, Curie, will power two upcoming Arduino development boards, the Arduino 101 and Genuino 101, which are aimed at entry-level makers and education environments.

"By partnering with Arduino, we are bringing the power of Intel to a new generation of makers," said Josh Walden, SVP and GM of Intel's new technology group. "With the advanced features of the Intel Curie module embodied in the Arduino 101 board, young learners as well as developers can now bring to life truly unique, smart and connected creations."

Intel first announced Curie at International CES 2015. Curie is based on Intel's smallest-ever SoC, based on a 32bit Quark MCU running at 3.2MHz with a Bluetooth Low Energy radio, and sensor hub with a "patterned ID engine," and rechargeable or coin-cell battery.

"Curie can deliver wearables in a range of form factors: rings, bags, bracelets, pendants and even buttons on our jackets. This changes the game of wearables," Krzanich said.

Intel's Curie

Intel's Curie module. (Source: Intel)

The development boards will be incorporated into a physical computing course for elementary and secondary students; Arduino has brought the course to Spain. Sweden and Ecuador but wants to move beyond in Europe and the U.S. The course was developed and tested by Arduino and has been deployed in more than 300 schools in the U.S.; Intel promised to work closely with Arduino to bring the programme to schools across the globe in coming years.

"We worked closely with Intel on the development of this board and are expanding our educational courseware to incorporate the connectivity and advanced features expected by today's student developers," said Arduino CEO Massimo Banzi. "The Creative Technologies in the Classroom [course] is a good way for kids who aren't going to self-identify as good at math or computer science, but will be interested in sculpture or building, creative projects. Arduino has been developed around electronics to get kids interested."

Arduino 101 will be available in 1Q16 for about $30; the Intel-manufactured board will be sold under the Arduino 101 brand in the U.S. and under the Genuino 101 brand outside the U.S. The boards will also be the featured prototyping tool for contestants on America's Greatest Makers, a new reality TV competition slated for debut in 2016.

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