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Intel Corp. introduced one of the world’s first personal computers based on its Quark system-on-chip for ultra-mobile devices at the Consumer Electronics Show. The system is housed is a Secure Digital card form-factor, but it can be integrated into various kinds of smart electronics. Unfortunately, not a lot of companies are currently interested in Edison.

Intel Edison is based on Intel Quark technology for ultra-small and low power-sensitive, Internet of Things edge devices, smart consumer products and wearable computing. The product features an Intel processor and microcontroller core. The programmable microcontroller helps manage I/Os and other baseline functions, while the x86 compatible processor core brings Linux support and enables multiple operating systems to run sophisticated high-level user applications. The small compute package brings connectivity with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, and has LPDDR2 and NAND flash storage as well as a wide array of flexible and expandable I/O capabilities.

The product-ready, general purpose compute platform is well-suited to enable rapid innovation and product development by a range of inventors, entrepreneurs and consumer product designers when available this summer, according to Intel. The Edison and Quark are currently supported by Linux and select developer tools.

"Wearables are not everywhere today because they are not yet solving real problems and they are not yet integrated with our lifestyles. We are focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside," said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel.

Rest Devices, a maker of smart electronics, has developed an intelligent baby onesie and eliminated the need for an external receiver thanks to Edison. The company also reduced the size of its smart bottle warmer by more than half.

Autodesk announced at CES 2014 the addition of Intel Edison mechanical/electrical libraries to 123D Circuits, which is part of the Autodesk 123D suite of apps. 123D is a suite of tools to make designs, 3D printing and technology projects easy and efficient for entrepreneurs and makers alike.

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