DevBoard Watch: Intel’s SD Card-based x86 development board

One for Gadget Masters to note, perhaps. Intel has announced an x86 embedded processing development board in an SD Card, writes Steve Bush.

Intel Edison x86 SD Card

Called Edison, the "board features a low-power 22nm 400MHz Intel Quark processor with two cores, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It can be designed to work with most any device - not just computers, phones, or tablets, but chairs, coffeemakers, and even coffee cups", said Intel, going on to it will be available in the summer.

"The product features a processor and microcontroller core. The programmable microcontroller helps manage I/Os and other baseline functions, while the x86-compatible processor core brings Linux support and enables multiple operating systems to run high-level user applications," said Intel. "The compute package brings connectivity with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, and has LPDDR2 and NAND flash storage as well as I/O capabilities."

X1000, Intel's existing Quark

X1000, Intel's existing Quark

To help convert prototypes into products, Autodesk, said Intel, is adding Edison mechanical and electrical libraries to 123D Circuits, part of the Autodesk 123D suite.

"123D is a suite of tools to make designs, 3D printing and technology projects easy," said Intel.

Little further information has been revealed about the board, or its processor.

Quark processors execute x86 instructions and are even more stripped down than the firm's Atom series.

So far, only one Quark is available, the single-core single-thread X1000, described by Intel as a 32nm device and: "32bit Intel Pentium instruction set architecture [ISA]-compatible".

Aimed at embedded processing, X1000 is an SoC with a variety of peripherals - but no video capability.

It runs at 400MHz and has 16kbyte L1 cache plus 512kbyte of ECC-protected SRAM on the die.

This is not a Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, or RIoTboard competitor, because there is no video interface.

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