Arduino grows with products and collaborations; adds Intel processors

October 04, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Arduino has announced changes in strategy and new products, new collaborations and more features. Arduino says it “continues on its path of providing a consistent programming model across multiple platforms; from now it’ll be easier to modulate scalability and complexity of every project.”

Arduino now has a collaboration agreement with Intel; the Intel Galileo board is the first product in a new family of Arduino Certified boards featuring Intel architecture. The board is a tool for quickly prototyping simple interactive designs such as LED light displays, or automating home appliances. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced a large-scale donation of 50,000 Intel Galileo boards to be given to 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months. Intel Galileo will be available by November 29, 2013.


Arduino TRE powered by Texas Instruments’ Sitara AM335x Processor; Arduino has also announced a collaboration agreement with Texas Instruments to use its Sitara AM335x processor. The result is Arduino TRE, the first Arduino board manufactured in the U.S. With the 1-GHz Sitara AM335x processor, Arduino developers get up to 100 times more performance with the Sitara-processor-based TRE than they do on the Arduino Leonardo or Uno. This performance opens the doors to more advanced Linux-powered applications. The Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino can run high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms or high-speed communications.

The Arduino TRE is two Arduinos in one: the Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino plus a full AVR-based Arduino, while using the simplicity of the Arduino software experience. The integration of the AVR Arduino enables the Arduino TRE to use the existing shield ecosystem so that innovators can expand the Arduino TRE to develop a wide range of high-performance applications such as 3D printers, gateways for building automation and lighting automation, telemetry hubs that collect data from nearby sensors wirelessly, and other connected applications that require host control plus real-time operations.

In addition, the Arduino TRE is partially the result of a close collaboration between Arduino and the foundation. Expanding open source development and making technology accessible for artists, designers and hobbyists, the TRE design builds upon the experience of both Arduino and, combining the benefits of both community based boards.

“By choosing TI’s Sitara AM335x processor