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Intel To Compete With Raspberry pi By Launching Galileo

Written by  Sorab Ghaswalla | 04 November 2013
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intel_galileoThe Raspberry Pi will soon have competition. In the fray is none other than IT major Intel. By the end of this month, Intel will ship Galileo, an open-source computer which can be ordered for US $69.90. The Intel Galileo board is the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture.

The Intel Galileo is largely aimed for use among the developer and education communities. The platform is easy to use for new designers and for those looking to take designs to the next level.

The Galileo’s enclosed circuit board is a little larger than a credit card, and uses Intel's extremely low-power Quark processor. The board is seen as an obvious competitor to the popular $25 Raspberry Pi open-source PC, especially because of its target audience of enthusiasts who make computing devices ranging from robots to PCs.

The advantages of Quark chips are that they draw less power than the company's Atom chips, and are targeted at wearable devices and small electronics.  The Quark chip is based on the x86 instruction set, drawing from Pentium chip designs. The 32-bit chip runs at a clock speed of 400MHz and has 512KB of RAM. Keeping this in mind, some analysts feel that Intel is probably also aiming at the wearable devices market.

In October this year, Intel had announced at its board meeting that it was planning to tap into the maker community as a way to figure out how to best use Quark chips. Because it is Open Source, Intel will release the schematics and design for developers. Intel had started selling its first open-source PC called MinnowBoard, which is priced at $199 in June this year.

The Galileo, though, is more expensive than the Raspberry Pi, which has better graphics capabilities, and also the $45 BeagleBoard. Both products are based on ARM CPUs.

Features of the Galileo board:

  • 8MB flash
  • 256MB DRAM
  • 100Mbps (bits per second)
  • Ethernet port
  • A micro-SD connector slot
  • A mini PCI-Express slot
  • RS-232 serial port
  • USB 2.0 port with support for up to 128 host devices

Image courtesy: Intel

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla is the Founder of India-based digital world consultancy firm, New Age Content Services LLP, an Internet Entrepreneur & Consultant, a journalist, and owner/Editor of 2 websites. In his free time, he contemplates the larger implications of digital life.

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