Intel and Arduino.cc have announced the first maker-oriented development board to feature the chip-maker's Curie, a microprocessor designed for ultra-low power draw in embedded and wearable projects: the Genuino 101.
Regular readers will remember Arduino.cc's announcement of the Genuino branding, the result of a trademark infringement complaint between the original co-founders of the project and the company responsible for manufacturing Arduino hardware. While the initial Genuino products were simple re-spins of existing Arduino designs, manufactured by our friends over at Adafruit, the Genuino 101 is an entirely new beast, and Arduino.cc has partnered with one of the biggest names in technology: Intel.
Intel is no stranger to working with Arduino, of course. When the company announced its low-power Quark processor, it did so with the launch of an Arduino-compatible development board. The Genuino 101, though, is more than Arduino compatible: it is an Arduino, albeit under the new branding, and its dimensions and appearance immediately familiar to anyone used to first-party Arduino.cc designs.
The biggest change is in the processor: the usual Atmel microcontroller is gone, with an Intel Curie module in its place. The Curie gives the Genuino 101 greater capabilities than most Arduino boards: as well as more processing power and memory, the module includes an on-board accelerometer, gyroscope, and Bluetooth connectivity. For makers, that's a lot of power with the promise of no steep learning curve and a selling price 'comparable' to microcontroller-based Arduino boards; for Intel, it's a clever way to get makers interested in the company's x86 ecosystem, rather than microcontrollers or ARM-based microprocessors.
Interestingly, the board will launch under two names: in the US, where Arduino.cc is more confident of its trademark rights, Intel's latest creation will be known as the Arduino 101; elsewhere, including the UK, it'll be the Genuino 101. Sadly, if you're eager to get your hands on one, you'll have a little wait: the board isn't due to launch until early next year, priced at around $30.
We worked closely with Intel on the development of this board and are expanding our educational courseware to incorporate the connectivity and advanced features expected by today’s student developers. Through our work with Intel, we’re able to reach a global community of entry-level makers and students with a comprehensive introduction to physical computing and now with a more advanced, powerful technology solution that will help them bring their creative visions to reality.
Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO, Arduino.cc