The Intel® Edison is an ultra small computing platform that will change the way you look at embedded electronics. Each Edison packs a huge amount of tech goodies into a tiny package while still providing the same robust strength of your go-to single-board computer. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ SoC dual-core CPU and including an integrated WiFi, Bluetooth LE and 70-pin connector to attach a veritable slew of shield-like “Blocks,” which can be stacked on top of one another. It’s no wonder how this little guy is lowering the barrier of entry on the world of electronics!
The Intel Edison packs a robust set of features into its small size, delivering great performance, durability and a broad spectrum of I/O and software support. Those versatile features help meet the needs of makers, inventors and beginners. This is a module with a high-speed processor and WiFi and Bluetooth radios onboard. Its low power and small footprint make it ideal for projects that need a lot of processing power but don’t have the ability to be near a larger power source or have a large footprint.
Features of Intel® Edison Development Board
- Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on leading-edge 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, including a dual-core CPU and single-core microcontroller (MCU)
- Integrated WiFi, Bluetooth LE, memory and storage
- Support for more than 30 industry-standard I/O interfaces via a 70-pin connector
- Support for Yocto Linux, Arduino, Python, Node.js and Wolfram
- Open source community software tools enabling ease of adoption and inspiring third-party app developers to build apps for consumers.
- EDI1.SPON.AL.S (System-On-Modules, SOM, Edison Module IoT Internal Antenna)
- 35.5 × 25.0 × 3.9 mm (1.4 × 1.0 × 0.15 inches) Max
The Edison packs a host of features, including WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth (4.0 and 2.1 EDR), UARTs, I2C, SPI, USB, and 40 GPIO. It’s driven by a 32-bit Intel® Atom™ Processor clocked at 500MHz, supported by 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 4GB eMMC flash memory. To top it off, it’s housed in a tiny, 35.5 x 25.0 x 3.9 mm module.
Needless to say, the Edison is a powerful, little electronics brain. It has the power to change how we all think about embedded computing. The module is equipped with a Linux OS based on Yocto, so you can compile C/C++ files, or run Python, Node.js, and other scripts.
the Arduino board is a great place to start, if this is your first foray into the Edison or embedded computing.The Mini Breakout, like the SparkFun Blocks, is useful if you want to embed the Edison into a project. It includes an FTDI for interacting with the console, and it also breaks out the Edison’s USB-OTG port and a number of I/O pins.Once you have the Edison plugged into a power and console source, you can interact with the on-board Linux kernel and start developing!