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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip 47

szczys writes: Intel is upping their bid for a place at the efficient-yet-powerful device table. They've launched their Edison board, which features an x86 based SoC running at 100 MHz. The footprint measures 35.5mm x 25.0mm and offers a 70-pin connector to break out 40 pins for add-on hardware. Also at the Intel Developer Forum today, the company demonstrated a PC running on Skylake, a new CPU microarchitecture based on the 14nm process used for Broadwell. Intel is pushing to break into both wearable devices and household devices, as it sees both as huge opportunities for growth.
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 09, 2014 @04:05PM (#47865411)
    It's a choking hazard
  • Arduino Compatible (Score:5, Interesting)

    by necro81 ( 917438 ) on Tuesday September 09, 2014 @04:08PM (#47865435) Journal
    The Dev Board that Edison plugs into appears to have Arduino R3 headers on there, presumably for plugging in Arduino-compatible shields. That's interesting, and makes a fair bit of sense: there are thousands of Arduino-compatible shields out there, and adding some serious computational power in there plus wire(d)(less) networking opens up a lot of possibilities.
    • Correct - though that's only one option. You can also plug it into other boards (termed 'bricks', so Arduino has Shields, BeagleBone as Capes, and Edison has Bricks). SparkFun - next to Adafruit probably the best-known company for this sort of thing - has got a bunch of bricks plus the Edison available for pre-order starting today: [] []

      Among those is the standard Arduino form factor breakout out of Intel itself, but also a brick for an Arduino P

      • You can also plug it into other boards (termed 'bricks',

        You included links to SparkFun but still called them bricks? They're called blocks, not bricks.

        There was a time when SGI held a trademark on calling computer expansion parts 'bricks'. Not sure if that trademark has lapsed or not. If Intel was calling them bricks and is now calling them blocks, one can surmise the trademark is still extant and it took a while for the lawyers to notice.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Boy have we come a long way.

    • by LoRdTAW ( 99712 )

      It's smaller than the 40 pin DIP package of the original 8086. As someone who first used an Apple II clone (Franklin Ace 1200) and then an 8086, I can still appreciate how far we have come.

  • Wow look at that cool new small device released by Ap.... Oh wait, nevermind.

  • It's amazing how cheap and effecient microcontrollers have become... who needs a beefy computer when you can have an army of controllers for less!
    • It's amazing how cheap and effecient microcontrollers have become... who needs a beefy computer when you can have a Beowulf cluster of controllers for less!


  • As this wasn't clear from skimming the articles, should I assume this is the old 32-bit x86 or x86-64? Because the latter has been around for 11 years, which is a geological time in computing, and we should really move on. Of course for something really embedded you'd want an ARM or a microcontroller, so there would be little point in keeping the x86 32-bit.
    • The 100 MHz Quark MCU is 32-bit. The dual-core Atom CPU is very likely 64-bit. There were some early Atom chips that had 64-bit disabled, but none of the recent ones have.
    • by karnal ( 22275 )

      I just watched the sparkfun video of their release of the device; it's 32 bit.

    • It isn't 100% clear: All 'Silvermont' SKUs [] appear to be 64 bit capable, and this board has a Silvermont-based Atom on it(two of them actually); but Intel's Edison Native Applications Guide [] definitely appears to be walking you through setting up a build environment for 32 bit x86.

      Whether that means that Intel actually lasered support for 64 bit execution off when they were designing this chip(which isn't like most of the other Silvermont devices, which have a GPU and more PC-style I/O, so clearly some cut
  • The microcontroller runs at that speed. The x86 CPU is 500mhz dual-core.

  • I never cease to be amazed by the progress made in shrinking transistors. I wonder [] how long the trend will continue.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.