Intel Edison embedded/IoT development platform, now in distribution

November 27, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
RS Components now has the complete Intel Edison development platform, which includes: the ultra-small Intel Edison compute module; the Intel Edison breakout board that helps rapid prototyping; and the Intel Edison board for Arduino.

The Intel Edison module is a highly miniaturised product-ready compute module built using an advanced 22nm System-on-Chip (SoC) that includes a dual-core, dual-threaded 500 MHz Intel Atom CPU and a 100 MHz 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller. Connectivity is provided, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy suit this module for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. A device-to-device and device-to-cloud connectivity framework is also integrated.

“The Intel Edison platform represents an important advance among ready-to-use compute platforms available today,” said Simon Duggleby, Semiconductor Category Marketing Manager at RS Components. “... with ... small dimensions and wireless connectivity already built in, and with the advantage of the Intel IoT Analytics Platform.”

Plugging the 35.5mm x 21.0mm x 3.9mm Intel Edison module into the breakout board, which is also now in stock at RS, exposes the module's 1.8V I/Os, and allows connection via the board’s USB Micro Type-AB connector. The board also provides a DC power-supply jack, battery-charger circuit, and USB OTG power switch.

The Intel Edison expansion board for Arduino is hardware and software pin-compatible with Arduino shields designed for the Uno R3. The board provides important connections in the same locations as on the Arduino Uno R3, and also has a Micro SD card connector as well as micro and standard-size USB connectors.

The Intel Edison development platform comes with Yocto Linux v1.6 OS support, and allows development with Arduino and C/C++. Further support, including Node.JS, Python, RTOS, and Visual Programming will be added in the future. The platform is compatible with Arduino IDE, Eclipse, and Intel XDK development environments.

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