The development board, which is now available from Mouser Electronics, is built around Intel's latest Quark X1000, a Pentium-class system-on-chip (SoC).
It is the first in a new family of Intel’s Arduino-certified boards and is hardware and software compatible with most Arduino shields designed for the Uno R3.
The Intel Galileo has several PC industry standard I/O ports and features that expand its capabilities beyond the Arduino ecosystem. A mini-PCI Express slot, 100Mbit Ethernet port, microSD slot, RS-232 serial port, USB Host port, USB Client Port, and 8 MByte NOR flash memory are also available on the board.
Galileo uses the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) interface to create programs for the Galileo called “sketches.” To run a sketch on the board, first connect a power supply, then connect Galileo’s USB Client port to a PC, and then upload the sketch from the IDE interface.
It is expected to used in Linux servers, USB host and cloud printers.
Mouser Electronics will be at Embedded World in Germany from February 25-27, 2014 and will be giving away over $20,000 in development tools, including the Intel Galileo.