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Intel to ship the Edison development board – finally!

By Dr. Jimmy Tang - on 10 Sep 2014, 12:10pm

Intel to ship the Edison development board – finally!

Intel has talked extensively about its plans to bring to market its Edison development board for wearables early this year at CES and again at IDF Shenzhen in April where more details about its processor was disclosed.

Today, Intel is finally shipping the Edison development board along with 2 breakout kits from Intel and a whole host of other third party blocks from SparkFun.

Intel Edison, only slightly larger than a postage stamp, is now available to pro makers and entrepreneurs to power small and worn devices.

The Intel Edison module features a 22nm Intel SoC that includes a dual-core, dual-threaded Intel Atom CPU at 500MHz and a 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller at 100MHz. The module supports 40 GPIOs and includes a generous 1GB LPDDR3 memory, 4GB EMMC storage, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE. All of these are packed in a module slightly larger than a postage stamp, although initially it was supposed to be the size of an SD card.

Available from online stores like Mouser, Maker Shed and SparkFun, the standalone Intel Edison module is priced at US$50 while the Intel Edison Kit for Arduino will cost you US$85 and the Intel Edison Breakout Board Kit is priced at US$60. The Arduino breakout kit includes the Intel Edison module and a breakout board that essentially gives you the ability to interface with Arduino shields or any other board with the Arduino footprint. The Arduino board also includes a micro SD card connector, a micro USB connector and a dedicated USB 2.0 host Type-A connector.

Intel Edison Kit for Arduino will be priced at US$85 and it comes with the breakout board and Edison module.

On the other hand, the Intel Edison Breakout Board Kit is designed to simply expose the native 1.8V I/O of the Intel Edison module. The board contains a power supply, battery recharger, USB OTG power switch, UART to USB bridge, USB OTG port and I/O header. Like the Arduino kit, the Breakout Board kit comes with the Edison module.

Intel Edison will initially support development with Arduino and C/C++. It will also include support for Node.JS, Python, RTOS and visual programming in the near future.

The Intel Edison’s shipment is currently only in the US and will be available in 65 other countries by the end of this year.

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