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Intel's newest open source hardware

The Intel Edison Development Platform and the Intel Galileo Board are some of Intel’s newest open source hardware projects. The Edison Development Platform is designed to help entry level inventors and entrepreneurs mass produce wearable computing merchandise. The Galileo board is a bit more advanced then the Edison and is used primarily for commercial products.

 

Key features of the Edison board are:

 

  • 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 to 15 VDC input)

 

Key features of the Galileo board are:

 

  • 10 cm long and 7 cm wide with the USB connectors UART jack, Ethernet connector and power jack extending beyond the former dimension
  • Four screw holes allow the board to be attached to a surface or case
  • Standard 10-pin JTAG header for debugging
  • Reset button to reset the sketch and any attached shields
  • 10/100 Mb Ethernet RJ45 port
  • USB 2.0 Client and Host port
  • RS-232 UART port and 3.5 mm jack
  • Mini PCI Express (mPCle) slot with USB 2.0 Host support

 

The Edison board is available in OrCAD format and a great asset for any consumer product designer. If you are interested in the Galileo, Intel provides design files for it in Cadence format. For more information on the Edison board click here, and for the Galileo go here.