Arduino/Genuino 101 with Intel Curie

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.



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The new Arduino 101 is the first to use Intel’s Curie modules; adds IoT function to things
    Aimed at teaching the basics of programming, electronics, and hardware to a new generation of makers

    Unlike Raspberry Pi and other dev boards aimed at a younger audience, the Arduino 101 features all the flexibility and creative freedom allotted by Arduino’s feature-enriching shields, while integrating the robustness of Intel’s new 32-bit Quark microcontroller-powered Curie module, that lets users add brains to just about anything.

    The Curie module features 384 kB of flash memory, 80 kB of SRAM (24kB available for sketches), an integrated DSP sensor hub, Bluetooth low energy, and a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope sensor. There’s even a 128-node neural network to integrate a little bit of machine learning.

    So how much do all these features cost? The Arduino Curie will retail at $30 when it’s eventually released in 2016.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Arduino and Genuino 101 Available in the Arduino Stores

    We’re very excited to announce that starting today Arduino 101* (USA only) and Genuino 101 (Outside USA) made in collaboration with Intel, are available for purchase exclusively on the Arduino Stores at the price of $30/€28,65 (+ tax).

    Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 are the ideal successor of the Uno featuring a 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller for minimal power consumption, 384 kB of flash memory, 80 kB of SRAM (24 kB available for sketches), an integrated DSP sensor hub, Bluetooth Low Energy radio, and 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope. You’ll be able to create projects with great features like recognising gestures and controlling your phone over Bluetooth connectivity — all without needing additional hardware.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
    Intel Says Its Button-Sized Curie Will Ship In Q1, Costing Under $10

    Computing devices are getting smaller by the day, and today at CES in Las Vegas Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich announced new details about one of its big (little?) efforts in the space. Curie, Intel’s button-sized wearable hardware module that was first unveiled a year ago, will begin shipping this quarter and will cost less than $10, he said.

    The collaboration with ESPN will kick off with the X Games in Aspen in 2016, where the low power Intel Curie module will be integrated into the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle and Men’s Snowboard Big Air competitions, where it will help to provide real-time data on athlete performance on in-air rotations, jump height, jump distance, speed, and force on landing.

    The Red Bull partnership meanwhile is a global deal that will cover “multiple genres and platforms,” Intel says.

    Intel has in the past announced other Curie collaborations with hardware makers to complement these deals with content companies announced today. They include the Arduino 101.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Ups The Dev Board Ante With The Quark D2000

    Intel have a developer board that is new to the market, based on their Quark (formerly “Mint Valley”) D2000 low-power x86 microcontroller. This is a micropower 32-bit processor running at 32MHz, and with 32kB of Flash and 8kB of RAM. It’s roughly equivalent to a Pentium-class processor without the x87 FPU, and it has the usual impressive array of built-in microcontroller peripherals and I/O choices.

    The board has an Arduino-compatible shield footprint, an FTDI chip for USB connectivity, a compass, acceleration, and temperature sensor chip, and a coin cell holder with micropower switching regulator. Intel provide their own System Studio For Microcontrollers dev environment, based around the familiar Eclipse IDE.

    Best of all is the price, under $15 from an assortment of the usual large electronics wholesalers.

    This board joins a throng of others in the low-cost microcontroller development board space, each of which will have attributes that its manufacturers will hope make it stand out.

    Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller D2000

    Formerly Mint Valley

    The Intel® Quark™ microcontroller D2000, is a low power, battery-operated, 32-bit microcontroller with a more robust instruction set than other entry-level microcontrollers. The first x86-based Intel® Quark™ microcontroller, Intel® Quark™ microcontroller D2000 also increases input/output options over other entry-level microcontrollers. Within its small footprint, the Intel® Quark™ microcontroller D2000 includes an Intel® Quark™ ultra-low-power core running at 32 MHz, with 32 KB integrated flash and 8 KB SRAM.

    Intel® System Studio for Microcontrollers

    Development Environment for Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller Software Developers

    Intel® System Studio for Microcontrollers, an Eclipse*-integrated software suite, is designed specifically to empower Intel® Quark™ microcontroller developers to create fast, intelligent things.

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is the big growth wave in tech—from smart cities, homes, and classrooms to energy management, wearable devices, and much more. The Intel Quark microcontroller family extends intelligent computing to a new spectrum of devices requiring low power consumption for sensor input and data actuation applications.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard
    Internet of Things We’re Gonna Crush Next?

    Having nominated the Internet of Things as key to its future strategies, Intel has added a super-cheap development board to its Quark lineup.

    At US$15, the Quark D2000 microcontroller development kit is Chipzilla’s latest attempt to plant a flag in the cheap-as-chips breadboarding market.

    It features a 32 MHz low-power core, 32 KB of integrated flash, a six-axis combination compass and accelerometer, temperature sensor, USB port, and a shield interface compatible with the Arduino-Uno.

    For software development, there’s the Eclipse-based Intel System Studio for microcontrollers, including the GNU compiler collection (GCC), Intel Integrated Performance Primitives for microcontrollers, Intel QMSI (a support package for the microcontroller’s software interface), and a bunch of sample applications.

    Intel’s clearly hoping the board will be an ARM-killer in maker/IoT developmen

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Don’t Take Photos of Your Arduino 101 Either, It’s Light Sensitive

    Wafer level chips are cheap and very tiny, but as [Kevin Darrah] shows, vulnerable to bright light without the protective plastic casings standard on other chip packages.

    We covered a similar phenomenon when the Raspberry Pi 2 came out.

    [Kevin] got a new Arduino 101 board into his lab. The board has a processor from Intel, an accelerometer, and Bluetooth Low Energy out of the box while staying within the same relative price bracket as the Atmel versions. He was admiring the board, when he noticed that one of the components glittered under the light.
    the chip that switched power between the barrel jack and the USB

    So, he got out his camera and a laser. Sure enough, both would cause the power to drop off for as long as the package was exposed to the strong light.

    Arduino 101 is LIGHT SENSITIVE!!

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lettuce For Life!

    If you take a head of romaine lettuce and eat all but the bottom 25mm/1inch, then place the cut-off stem in a bowl of water and leave it in the sun, something surprising happens. The lettuce slowly regrows. Give it a few nutrients and pay close attention to optimum growing conditions, and it regrows rather well.

    This phenomenon caught the attention of [Evandromiami], who developed a home-made deep water culture hydroponic system to optimise his lettuce yield. The lettuce grows atop a plastic bucket of water under full spectrum grow lights, while an Intel Curie based Arduino 101 monitors and regulates light levels, humidity, temperature, water level, and pH. The system communicates with him via Bluetooth to allow him to tweak settings as well as to give him the data he needs should any intervention be required. All the electronics are neatly contained inside a mains power strip, and the entire hydroponic lettuce farm lives inside a closet.

    Lettuce For Life – Arduino 101 Based Automated Controller for Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Aquaponics, Etc. Intel Curie

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Quark™ D2000 Microcontroller (MCU)

    Intel Quark™ D2000 Microcontroller is a low-power, battery-operated, 32-bit microcontroller with a more robust instruction set than other entry-level microcontrollers.

    Within its small footprint, the Intel Quark microcontroller D2000 includes an ultra-low-power core running at 32MHz. It also includes 32k integrated flash, 8KB OTP memory, and 8KB SRAM.

    It is interoperable with other Intel®-based systems—simplifying integration of edge products in end-to-end IoT architectures. More can be handled at the device level, reducing the need for more costly and potentially unnecessary gateways, depending on the application.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    wikitIDE: program arduino 101 visually

    This is a derivative wikit program for you to control arduino 101 neuron A.I. function with simply drag and drop

    Arduino 101 is a hardware powered by intel which could achieve A.I. by neuron learning. With this program, we can simply programming the most advanced A.I. with simple drag and drop in IPAD


    a program to let you program arduino101 with A.I. function visually on iPAD with wikitIDE

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Getting Started with the Arduino/Genuino 101

    The Arduino/Genuino 101 is a learning and development board which contains the Intel® Curie™ Module, designed to integrate the core’s low power-consumption and high performance with the Arduino’s ease-of-use. The 101 adds Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities and has an on-board 6-axis accelerometer/gyroscope, providing exciting opportunities for building creative projects in the connected world.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    tinyTILE – Intel Curie Module Based Board

    tinyTILE is an Intel® Curie™ module based board, a miniaturised adaptation of the Arduino/Genuino 101 board, measuring approx 35 x 26mm.

    Mfg Part No: TINYTILE
    Price: €36.5

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    tinyTILE – Intel Curie Module Based Board

    Short Description: tinyTILE is an Intel® Curie™ module based board measuring approx 35 x 26mm.

    tinyTILE has solderable holes (standard 40-mil holes on a 0.1” pitch on either side of the board, and two placed on the third side next to the Bluetooth antenna)
    I/O connections have the same names and functions as the Arduino/Genuino 101 board

    tinyTILE has a micro-USB connector and may be powered and programmed using the Arduino IDE*, Intel® Curie™ Open Developer Kit (ODK), or Anaren Atmosphere*

    tinyTILE is an Intel® Curie™ module based board measuring approx 35 x 26mm.

    It can be programmed using the Arduino IDE*, Intel’s own software – Intel® Curie™ Open Developer Kit (ODK), or Anaren Atmosphere* – a cloud-based ecosystem that offers a complete end-to-end IoT solution. Each of these environments provide unlimited development possibilities with the tinyTILE.

    tinyTILE features the Intel Curie module, a low-power compute module that comes with motion sensors, Bluetooth® Low Energy, and pattern matching capabilities for learning and analysis of sensor data. This enables quick and easy identification of actions and motions. tinyTILE is a complete low-power solution designed for use in wearable devices and rapid prototyping. The Intel Curie module offers features that are ideal for “always-on” applications requiring motion monitoring, wireless capabilities, low power and small size.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Curie TinyTILE Dress: Accelerometer + Optical Fibers

    A dress using Intel Curie accelerometer on TinyTILE and its small form factor to control colors of the optical fibers with arm movements.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The End of Arduino 101: Intel Leaves Maker Market

    This looks like the end of the road for Intel’s brief foray into the “maker market”. Reader [Chris] sent us in a tip that eventually leads to the discontinuation notice (PCN115582-00, PDF) for the Arduino 101 board. According to Intel forum post, Intel is looking for an alternative manufacturer. We’re not holding our breath.

    We previously reported that Intel was discontinuing its Joule, Galileo, and Edison lines, leaving only the Arduino 101 with its Curie chip still standing. At the time, we speculated that the first wave of discontinuations were due to the chips being too fast, too power-hungry, and too expensive for hobbyists. Now that Intel is pulling the plug on the more manageable Arduino 101, the fat lady has sung: they’re giving up on hardware hackers entirely after just a two-year effort.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch
    Translation: It’s all yours, ARM. Take it away

    Intel’s flirtation with the maker community appears to have fizzled out, although the chip giant insists its passion remains.

    After announcing plans to axe its Edison, Galileo, and Joule compute modules later this year, Chipzilla has said it will stop making its Arduino 101 board and its much-hyped Curie module, too.

    The Arduino 101 will be available for order until September 17, 2017, according to Intel, and the processor giant will continue to fulfill orders, if any, through December 17, 2017. The Curie module will be available until January 17, 2018, and fulfillment will continue until July 17, 2018.

    Intel will no longer update its Curie Open Developer Kit. It plans to leave its community forum for Curie products open until September 15, 2017.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Quashes Quark for IoT Nodes
    Microcontroller-class x86 gives way to ARM

    Intel has apparently ended efforts to drive its x86 architecture into microcontroller-class chips and end nodes on the Internet of Things. Analysts generally applauded the move, although they noted it reflects in part on a market for wearables that has not emerged as fast as predicted.

    Multiple reports said Intel has ended sales of Currie and other IoT boards using its Quark processors. However, the company did not directly respond to questions about Quark, a stripped down x86 chip CEO Brian Krzanich announced in his first keynote at the company’s annual developer conference.

    As recently as last August, Intel presented a paper describing its D2000, a 32-bit x86 processor that consumed as little as 35 milliwatts in active mode. At the time the engineer describing the device at Hot Chips said Intel had plans “to scale [Quark] from MCUs to right below the Atom X1000 for Linux with lots of implementation options in cores and SoCs.”

    At one time, Intel fielded as many as three Quark chips — the SE, D2000 and D1000. All were spins of the original synthesized Pentium-class core Krzanich announced in 2013 as a 32nm part, one-fifth the size and one-tenth the power of Intel’s Atom core.

    Intel rolled out several IoT boards using Quark chips, including several compatible with Arduino starting in October 2013.

    “IoT remains an important growth business for Intel and we are committed to IoT market segments that access, analyze and share data. These include retail, industrial, automotive and video, which will drive billions of connected devices,” the spokesman said, suggesting the company will focus on Atom-based gateways as its new low end.

    “Intel tried to take the x86 everywhere but the MCU business is not amenable to Intel’s business model of high margins and volumes and they had no second sources for the modules,”

    Krewell and others said Quark may continue as a block in future SoCs, but it is not likely to appear as a standalone chip. Lack of influence over the software stack in IoT end nodes shouldn’t have a big impact for Intel, said Linley Gwennap, principal of market watcher The Linley Group.


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