There has been already several x86 based Arduino compatible boards, but there is always place for another one. News sources tells that Intel and Arduino Introduce Curie-Based Educational Board. Intel and Arduino are releasing their first product pushed directly on the education market, the Arduino/Genuino 101 board powered by the Intel Curie module: The Arduino/Genuino 101 is the first development platform for the Intel Curie modules which are a recent development from Intel’s Maker and Innovator group.
This year at CES, Intel introduced Curie — a button-sized system-on-chip module made for low-power wearables. The button-sized Curie is a single package encapsulating microcontroller, Bluetooth, a 6-DOF IMU, and battery charging circuitry; the requisite hardware for anything marketed as a ‘wearable’. The Curie’s brain is a 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller with 384kB of Flash 80kB SRAM, giving it about the same storage and RAM as a low-end ARM Cortex microcontroller. Intel has big plans for the Curie module, with a few products in the works already.
Curie module needs a carrier board to interface with this hardware – an Arduino/Genuino 101 is carrier boad that provides the same form factor and pinout found in the most popular Arduino offering (USB connection and connectors for Arduino shields). And it is cost about the same (around $30 USD). While that may not be the flashy wearable technology that some expected, the new Curie-enabled Arduino board can still be a really important piece of technology.