Intel hopes to leverage its low-power processors to increase its presence in the DIY/hobbyist world.
At the Maker Faire in Rome this week, the company announced it was partnering with Arduino to create the Intel Galileo, an Arduino-compatible development board. Intel hopes to attract the hobbyist community to its technology, and gain a foothold in educational institutes while providing competition for ARM-based systems in the maker market.
The Galileo includes the Intel Quark SoC X1000 small core product, and will be compatible with Mac OS X, Linux, and MS Windows. Arduino is supplying the software development environment for the board, which should be available in November and cost around $60.
Arduino users should be able to run programs on the Galileo without any modifications.
You can view the company’s press release here.
Intel plans to donate 50,000 of the boards to 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months. The company will also work with 17 universities to create Galileo-based curriculum. Additional boards will be announced down the road.
Arduino has also partnered with Texas Instruments on the TRE, which incorporates the TI Sitara AM335x processor. It’s the first Arduino board made in the U.S. It can run the full Linux platform, and should ship in 2014.