Arduino announces first board created with Intel architecture

Arduino, the open-source electronics hardware and software favored by many hobbyist, makers and professional roboticists alike, is getting a new family of “Arduino Certified” boards featuring Intel architecture.

The news was announced today by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during Maker Faire Rome.

The first product is Intel Galileo, a microcontroller board based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 Application Processor. As with all Arduino boards, it’s designed to be easy to use for beginners and in educational environments, but powerful enough to satisfy experts. To demonstrate this, Intel will donate 50,000 Intel Galileo boards to 1,000 universities over the next 18 months.

“Overall, the Intel Galileo development board is a great tool for quickly prototyping simple interactive designs like LED light displays that respond to social media, or for tackling more complex projects from automating home appliances to building life-size robots that you control from your smartphone,” according to a post on the official Arduino blog.

Intel Galileo will be available by Nov. 29.

[ photo courtesy of Arduino ]