Intel (News - Alert) is partnering with the open-source hardware platform Arduino – and an expected expansion of the technology is planned in the university and the home-hobbyist markets. Key in the initiative was Intel recently introducing the Galileo microcontroller board at the Maker Faire conference in Rome.
Compatible with Arduino products, the companies predict it can be used for many applications such as building robots and automating home appliances.
Intel will provide 50,000 of the Galileo boards to more than 1,000 universities over the next 18 months.
The Galileo board can operate on Linux, Mac, or Windows operating systems. Also, it employs Intel’s Quark X1000 application processor, a 32-bit Intel Pentium-class system on a chip.
The partnership will help foster commercial use of Quark and is targeted for the Internet of Things and wearable technology, according to VentureBeat.
Starting in November, the boards will be sold via distributors for about $60.
“Through our ongoing efforts in education, we know that hands-on learning inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, said in a recent statement.
He added how he too is a home hobbyist, known as a “maker.”
“I’ve been a ‘maker’ for many years and am passionate about the exciting possibilities of technology and what can be created with it. We look forward to a productive collaboration with Arduino and to providing this community with some incredible Intel products that will help push the boundaries of our imaginations,” Krzanich said.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Intel and to having the performance of Intel technology for the first time in our development boards,” Massimo Banzi, the founder of Arduino, said in a statement. “I look forward to our collaboration and believe that our work together will produce some fantastic development vehicles that help foster some very exciting innovations.”
Edited by Stefania Viscusi