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Intel Corp. on Thursday inked a collaboration agreement with Arduino LLC, a leading open-source hardware platform in the maker and education community. The company also unveiled the Intel Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture. The board is based on Intel Quark extreme-low-power system-on-chip unveiled last month.

"Through our ongoing efforts in education, we know that hands-on learning inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math. I have been a 'maker' for many years and am passionate about the exciting possibilities of technology and what can be created with it. 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,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel.

Intel Galileo features the Intel Quark SoC X1000, the first product from the Intel Quark family of low-power, small-core products. Intel Quark technology will extend Intel architecture into rapidly growing areas – from the Internet of Things to wearable computing in the future. Designed in Ireland, the Quark SoC X1000 is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible CPU with 16KB L1 cache, 512KB L2 cache, operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

Helping to expand native usage and capabilities beyond the Arduino shield ecosystem, the Intel development board 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 also brings together the benefits of the Arduino IDE with the broad software development and advanced capabilities of a full, unmodified Linux software stack into one platform, supported by a common open source tool chain.

Mr. Krzanich announced a large-scale donation of 50000 Intel Galileo boards to 1000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months. Today, Intel is working with 17 universities across six continents to develop curriculum based on the new Intel Galileo board. The goal of the education effort is to put the power of Intel technology into the hands of as many educators and students as possible. The company expects to name additional universities in the coming months.

Overall, the Intel Galileo development board is a tool for quickly prototyping simple interactive designs such as LED light displays that respond to social media, or for tackling more complex projects from automating home appliances to building life-size robots controlled by a smartphone.

Arduino development kits and software programming interface make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don't have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments.

The development board runs an open source Linux operating system with the Arduino software libraries, enabling scalability and re-use of existing software, called "sketches". Intel Galileo can be programmed through Mac OS, Microsoft Windows and Linux host operating software. The board is also designed to be hardware and software compatible with the Arduino shield ecosystem.

Intel Galileo will be available by the end of November.

Tags: Intel, Quark, Galileo, Arduino, Pentium

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