Intel takes on Raspberry Pi with a European solution

Intel takes on Raspberry Pi with a European solution

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The first system on chip device using the Quark core is being used on an open source Arduino board called Galileo to challenge the popularity of the ARM-based Raspberry Pi low cost computer board.
The board is based on Intel’s new X1000 SoC includes a 400MHz Quark core with ACPI, PCI Express, 10/100Mb Ethernet, SD, USB 2.0 device and EHCI/OHCI USB host ports, high-speed UART, RS-232 serial port, programmable 8MB NOR flash, and a JTAG port for easy debug
Working from the Italian base of Arduino, Galileo boards will be delivered to 17 universities around Europe and the rest of the world, including institutions in Rome, Karlsruhe, Dublin, Cork and Bucharest, although none in the UK which is dominated by the ARM and Broadcom-based Raspberry Pi. Intel plans to donate over 50,000 boards to over 1000 universities over the next 18 months.
"We’re thrilled to be working with Intel and to having the performance of Intel technology for the first time in our development boards," said Massimo Banzi, founder of the Arduino community. "I look forward to our collaboration and believe that our work together will produce some fantastic development vehicles that help foster some very exciting innovations."
"The agreement signed between Intel and Sapienza University of Rome will give Intel access to the research excellence of Europe’s largest university and they offer us the ability of a dedicated knowledge transfer structure gained from working alongside the technology industry," said Stephen Trueman, Director of the Sapienza Innovation Center.
Galileo is the first in a line of Arduino-compatible development boards based on Intel architecture and is designed for the maker and education communities, runnng an open source Linux operating system with the Arduino software libraries, enabling scalability and re-use of existing software, called "sketches". The board is also designed to be hardware and software compatible with the Arduino shield ecosystem.

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