Today at Maker Faire Rome, we were present at the announcement of a new and major collaboration between Intel and Arduino. It's name is Galileo, and we actually got one of the very first chips that were given to Makers here in Rome.

Intel® Galileo board is the first product in a new family of Arduino Certified boards featuring Intel architecture. The platform is easy to use for beginners and for those looking to take designs to the next level.

Makers in line for the Galileo!

Overall, the Intel Galileo development board is intended as a tool for quickly prototyping simple interactive designs of any sort. It is For those who want to know under the hood, it is a microcontroller board based on the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 Application Processor, a 32-bit Intel Pentium-class system on a chip.

It’s the first board based on Intel® architecture designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with Arduino shields designed for the Uno R3. Digital pins 0 to 13 (and the adjacent AREF and GND pins), Analog inputs 0 to 5, the power header, ICSP header, and the UART port pins (0 and 1), are all in the same locations as on the Arduino Uno R3. This is also known as the Arduino 1.0 pinout.

Galileo is designed to support shields that operate at either 3.3V or 5V. The core operating voltage of Galileo is 3.3V. However, a jumper on the board enables voltage translation to 5V at the I/O pins. This provides support for 5V Uno shields and is the default behavior. By switching the jumper position, the voltage translation can be disabled to provide 3.3V operation at the I/O pins.

Further technical information about Galileo is available at this page.

What would you want to know about Galile0? here's some of our questions:

1) Will it be open source, even the Intel part?

2) Where will it be manufactured?

3) Why should we use the Galileo rather than another Arduino?

We'll have to find time to experiment and get some answers to these important questions.

The chip will be available for sale on November 29, 2013, though Makers at the Maker Faire Rome have ones, and Intel will also be donating 50,000 of these chips to 1000 universities around the world in the following 18 months.



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