If you have a PC or a laptop, most probably both devices has inside an Intel processor. The same thing is also for tablets and smartphones. In general, the Intel brand is glued on a large amount of essential technologies that makes the information to move faster and humans more active.
Another field with the same logo and a bunch of technology. This time the Intel puts its name on a new version of its open-source development board engineered on the Arduino hardware and software. The Intel Galileo Gen 2 is now designed with improved features that makes it more capable for Galileo board enthusiasts.
The engineers work hardly to improve features and offer a better performance, improve the accessibility to peripheral devices and allow users to power the device over the ethernet, and redefine the single board computer for an increased control precision.
Released with the aim to be a good starting point for students, DIY electronics hobbyists and makers, the Intel Galileo Gen 2 is now designed based on the feedback from the user community. What they want and what they need most? The Galileo users want more GPIO’s, a variety of I/O interfaces and compatibility with Arduino UNO R3 shields, and more precise PWM signaling for better motor control.
The second generation of Intel Galileo comes with the same single core Intel Quark SoC X1000 32-bit processor able to operate at a speed up to 400 MHz. Compatible with Arduino UNO R3 shields, the same SBC is able to share the same IDE as Arduino and make it supported for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.
Other key features are the standard support for I/O interfaces including here a full-sized mini-PCI Express slot, 256 MByte DDR3 with 512 KByte embedded SRAM, Micro-SD slot with support for memory card up to 32GB, one USB host and one USB client port, as well as 100 MB Ethernet port.
The board was designed with several other improvements that coming from the Galileo user community including more GPIO pins (now the Galileo has 12-pin connectors), new 6-pin connector with standard FTDI, 6-pin 3.3V USB TTL UART, 12-bit pulse-width modulation (PWM), UART1 console, the possibility to supply with 12V power input from Ethernet (require Power-over-Ethernet module installation), and a power regulator system with input support from 7V to 15V.
According to the manufacturer, the board will be available worldwide starting from August and will have a price of $60 (€44).