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Intel Edison

As I wrote earlier, I now have an Arduino 101 to play with.  I’ve also got an Intel Edison, which can run a small Linux distribution and act as an Arduino clone. It’s a lot more serious than the Curie or pretty much any other Arduino I happen to own, with a 500 MHz, dual core Atom, sporting a Gig of program RAM and 4 GB of on board storage.

SparkFun baseboard for Intel EdisonThe Edison doesn’t have any easily accessible I/O – everything is brought out to a high density 70 pin connector. So, you can’t really use it without some sort of a base board. I got the basic USB board from SparkFun, and I plan to make a few of my own. If you don’t have access to a professional assembly house (like I do in my day job at Screaming Circuits) you should probably get one of the boards that makes the I/O accessible on a 0.1″ header strip.

I ran a program to calculate out the first 5,000 prime numbers as a very rudimentary benchmark. It took about 20 seconds on the Edison, about 50 seconds on a ChipKIT uc32 (with a Microchip PIC32), about 2:30 on the Arduino 101, with the Curie, and… my Arduino Uno is… still… working… on… it…

The Edison is more complex to set up, although getting the Arduino IDE powering it wasn’t any more difficult than the 101. Out of the box, it runs a super stripped down distribution, but you can install a more full-featured Linux if you want. It’s got built-in Bluetooth, and built-in WiFi, which is pretty handy. I changed the name of my Edison to “Tesla”, so it’ll show up as that in my router.

The Uno finished up in about 15 minutes. No surprise, but it does hint at how much more you’ll be able to wring out of some of these new “Super Arduinos.”


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