Introduction of the Intel® Edison

I got a new toy, it should make prototype easy (according to Intel). Let’s have a preview.

The board is small, very small. It roughly has the size of an SD Card, okay, it is a bit bigger and a bit thicker. Although this is very small, it has a lot of stuff going on. It has built in WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth LE(Low energy)/BLE or whatever you want to call it. The processor is quite powerfull and there is lots of memory.

Figure 1: Intel Edison and an SD card (see it is really small!)

One big warning, the Edison uses 1.8 volt technology and is NOT 3.3 volt tollerant. When using the ports directly, you will need to use logic level shifters.

The market is also responding to this new device. The geeks from SparkFun Electronics have made a neat video introducing the Edison. It shows the Edison and also their complete range of SparkFun blocks which snap on to the Edison. A lot of blocks can be combined to interface to the Real World of Things.

Movie 1: Geek at SparkFun Electronics showing Edison with their blocks

How it looks:

Here are te Specs:

Form factor Board with 70-pin connector
Dimensions 35.5 × 25.0 × 3.9 mm (1.4 × 1.0 × 0.15 inches) max
C/M/F Blue PCB with shields / No enclosure
Connector Hirose DF40 Series (1.5, 2.0, or 3.0 mm stack height)
Operating temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Total of 40 GPIOs, which can be configured as:
SD card 1 interface
UART 2 controllers (1 full flow control, 1 Rx/Tx)
I2C 2 controllers
SPI 1 controller with 2 chip selects
I2S 1 controller
GPIO Additional 12 (with 4 capable of PWM)
USB 2.0 1 OTG controller
Clock output 32 kHz, 19.2 MHz
SoC 22 nm Intel® SoC that includes a dual-core, dual-threaded Intel® Atom™ CPU at 500 MHz and a 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller at 100 MHz
RAM 1 GB LPDDR3 POP memory
(2 channel 32bits @ 800MT/sec)
Flash storage 4 GB eMMC (v4.51 spec)
WiFi Broadcom* 43340 802.11 a/b/g/n;
Dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Onboard antenna
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Input 3.3 to 4.5 V
Output 100 ma @3.3 V and 100 ma @ 1.8 V
Power Standby (No radios): 13 mW
Standby (Bluetooth 4.0): 21.5 mW (BTLE in Q4-14)
Standby (Wi-Fi): 35 mW
CPU OS Yocto Linux* v1.6
Development environments Arduino* IDE
Eclipse supporting: C, C++, and Python
Intel XDK supporting: Node.JS and HTML5
Development environments MCU SDK and IDE

Slightly larger than the Intel® Edison module, the Intel® Edison Breakout Board has a minimal set of features:
  • Exposes native 1.8 V I/O of the Edison module.
  • 0.1 inch grid I/O array of through-hole solder points.
  • USB OTG with USB Micro Type-AB connector.
  • USB OTG power switch.
  • Battery charger.
  • USB to device UART bridge with USB micro Type-B connector.
  • DC power supply jack (7 to 15 VDC input).
    Supports Arduino Sketch, Linux, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
    Board I/O: Compatible with Arduino Uno (except 4 PWM instead of 6 PWM):
  • 20 digital input/output pins, including 4 pins as PWM outputs.
  • 6 analog inputs.
  • 1 UART (Rx/Tx).
  • 1 I2C.
  • 1 ICSP 6-pin header (SPI).
  • Micro USB device connector OR (via mechanical switch) dedicated standard size USB host Type-A connector.
  • Micro USB device (connected to UART).
  • SD card connector.
  • DC power jack (7 to15 VDC input).
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