Intel Edison

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Intel Edison
DeveloperIntel Corporation
Release dateQ3'14
DiscontinuedJune 19, 2017 (2017-06-19)[1]
CPUAtom 2-Core (Silvermont) @ 500 MHz
Memory(LPDDR3 1 GB)
Storage4 GB EMMC

The Intel Edison is a computer-on-module that was offered by Intel as a development system for wearable devices[2] and Internet of Things devices. The system was initially announced to be the same size and shape as an SD card and containing a dual-core Intel Quark x86[3] CPU at 400 MHz communicating via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.[4][5] A later announcement changed the CPU to a 500 MHz Silvermont dual-core Intel Atom CPU,[6] and in September 2014 a second version of Edison was shown at IDF, which was bigger and thicker than a standard SD card.[7][8][9]

The board was discontinued on June 19, 2017.[1]

First version[edit]

Its launch was announced at CES in January 2014.[2] Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed a demo of a baby monitoring system (Nursery2.0) which was created using Intel Edison.[10] He also announced that the Wolfram Language and Mathematica will be available on the Intel Edison[11][12] and that the device will be able to run Linux.[13]

Second version[edit]

In March 2014, Intel announced changes in the Intel Edison project and the second version of the board was presented in September 2014. Its dimensions are 35.5 x 25 x 3.9 mm, with components on both sides. The board's main SoC is a 22 nm Intel Atom "Tangier" (Z34XX) that includes two Atom Silvermont cores running at 500 MHz and one Intel Quark core at 100 MHz (for executing RTOS ViperOS). The SoC has 1 GB RAM integrated on package. There is also 4 GB eMMC flash on board, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4 and USB controllers. The board has 70-pin dense connector (Hirose DF40) with USB, SD, UARTs, GPIOs. The price of the device is around 50 USD.[14] It runs Yocto Linux with development support for Arduino IDE, Eclipse (C, C++, Python), and Intel XDK (NodeJS, HTML5).

Interface connector[edit]

The connector on Intel Edison is a Hirose 70-pin DF40 Series “header” connector. (Hirose part number: DF40C-70DP-0.4V(51)). It exports many signals (USB, GPIOs, SPI, I²C, PWM, etc.).

The mating Hirose connector on an expansion board is the “receptacle” connector and is available in three different heights (1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 3.0 mm).

Development boards[edit]

Arduino board[edit]

Arduino Uno Compatible Board for Edison Module

Intel Released an Arduino Uno compatible board (with only 4 PWM pins instead of 6) that accepts the Intel Edison module. Newer revisions have 6 PWM pins.

Board I/O Features:

  • 20 digital input/output pins, including 6 pins as PWM outputs
  • 6 analog inputs
  • 1 UART (Rx/Tx)
  • 1 I²C
  • 1 ICSP (In-system programming) 6-pin header (SPI)
  • Micro USB device connector OR (via mechanical switch) dedicated standard size USB host Type-A connector
  • Micro USB device (connected to UART)
  • SD card connector
  • DC power jack (7 to 15VDC input)

Intel breakout board[edit]

Intel Edison Break Out Board

Intel released a breakout board that is twice the area of the Intel Edison module and is designed for prototyping with open-source hardware and software.

  • Exposes native 1.8 V I/O of the Edison module
  • 0.1” grid I/O array of through-hole solder points
  • USB OTG with USB Micro Type-AB connector
  • USB OTG power switch
  • Battery Charger
  • USB to device UART bridge with USB Micro
  • Type-B connector
  • DC power supply jack (7 V – 15 V) DC input

The table below lists the signals from the Edison Module that are routed to the four breakout connector (J17-J20). The figure below shows the location of each connector.

Intel Edison Breakout Board - Breakout Connectors
Pin Function Alternate Function Description Pin Function Alternate Function Description
J17 - pin 1 GP182_PWM2 GPIO capable of PWM output. J18 - pin 1 GP13_PWM1 GPIO capable of PWM output.
J17 - pin 2 NC No Connect J18 - pin 2 GP165 GPIO
J17 -pin 3 NC No Connect J18 - pin 3 GPI_PWRBTN_N Power button input.
J17 - pin 4 VIN 7 to 15 V. J18 - pin 4 MSIC_SLP_CLK2 32 kHz sleep clock.
J17 - pin 5 GP135 UART2_TX GPIO, UART2 transmit output. J18 - pin 5 V_VBAT_BKUP RTC backup battery input.
J17 - pin 6 RCVR_MODE Firmware recovery mode. J18 - pin 6 GP19 I2C1_SCL GPIO,IC21 SCL output open collector.
J17 - pin 7 GP27 I2C6_SCL GPIO,IC26 SCL output open collector. J18 - pin 7 GP12_PWM0 GPIO capable of PWM output.
J17 - pin 8 GP20 I2C1_SDA GPIO, I2C1 data open collector. J18 - pin 8 GP183_PWM3 GPIO capable of PWM output.
J17 - pin 9 GP28 I2C6_SDA GPIO, I2C6 data open collector. J18 - pin 9 NC No Connect
J17 - pin 10 GP111 SSP5_FS1 GPIO, SSP2 chip select 2 output. J18 - pin 10 GP110 SSP5_FS0 GPIO, SSP1 chip select 2 output.
J17 - pin 11 GP109 SSP5_CLK GPIO, SSP5 clock output. J18 - pin 11 GP114 SSP5_RX GPIO, SSP5 receive data input.
J17 - pin 12 GP115 SSP5_TXD GPIO, SSP5 transmit data output. J18 - pin 12 GP129 UART1_RTS GPIO, UART1 ready to send output.
J17 - pin 13 OSC_CLK_OUT_0 High speed clock output. J18 - pin 13 GP130 UART1_RX GPIO, UART1 receive data input.
J17 - pin 14 GP128 UART1_CTS GPIO, UART1 clear to send input. J18 - pin 14 4 FW_RCVR Firmware recovery, active high on boot.
J19 - pin 1 NC No connect. J20 - pin 1 V_VSYS System input power.
J19 - pin 2 V_V1P80 System 1.8 V I/O output power. J20 - pin 2 V_V3P30 System 3.3 V output.
J19 - pin 3 GND Ground. J20 - pin 3 GP134 UART2_RX UART2 Rx (input).
J19 - pin 4 GP44 ALS_INT_N GPIO, Ambient light Sensor interrupt input. J20 - pin 4 GP45 COMPASS_DRDY GPIO, compass data ready input.
J19 - pin 5 GP46 ACCELEROMETER_INT_1 GPIO, accelerometer interrupt input. J20 - pin 5 GP47 ACCELEROMETER_INT_2 GPIO, accelerometer interrupt input 2.
J19 - pin 6 GP48 GYRO_DRDY GPIO, gyro data ready input. J20 - pin 6 GP49 GYRO_INT GPIO, gyro interrupt input.
J19 - pin 7 RESET_OUT# System reset out low. J20 - pin 7 GP15 GPIO.
J19 - pin 8 GP131 UART1_TX GPIO, UART 1 Tx output. J20 - pin 8 GP84 SD_CLK_FB GPIO, SD clock feedback input.
J19 - pin 9 GP14 AUDIO_CODEC_INT GPIO, audio codec interrupt input. J20 - pin 9 GP42 SSP2_RXD GPIO, SSP2 Rx data input.
J19 - pin 10 GP40 SSP2_CLK GPIO, SSP2 clock output. J20 - pin 10 GP41 SSP2_FS GPIO, SSP2 frame sync output.
J19 - pin 11 GP43 SSP2_TXD GPIO, SSP2 transmit data output. J20 - pin 11 GP78 SD_CLK GPIO, SD clock output.
J19 - pin 12 GP77 SD_CDN GPIO, SD card detect low input J20 - pin 12 GP79 SD_CMD GPIO, SD command.
J19 - pin 13 GP82 SD_DAT2 GPIO, SD data 2 J20 - pin 13 GP80 SD_DAT0 GPIO, SD data 0.
J19 - pin 14 GP83 SD_DAT3 GPIO, SD data 3 J20 - pin 14 GP81 SD_DAT1 GP81 SD data 1.

Modulowo board[edit]

In October 2015, Modulowo[15] published information about the development kit Modulowo Explore E for Intel Edison.[16] Development Board allows for quick prototyping and design new solutions and adding sensors, controllers lights, motor drivers, GPS modules, communication modules and more.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Intel Discontinues Joule, Galileo, And Edison Product Lines | Hackaday
  2. ^ a b "Intel's smallest computer to power wearable devices". PC World. 2014-01-06. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  3. ^ "Intel Edison". Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Intel announces Edison: a 22 nm dual-core PC the size of an SD card". Engadget. 2014-01-06.
  5. ^ "Intel Edison: an SD-card sized PC for wearable computing". PC Pro. 2014-01-07. Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  6. ^ "Wearables: Tailoring Intel Edison Technology to Provide Expanded Benefits". Intel. 2014-03-28.
  7. ^ "Intel's SD card-sized computer may not be so tiny after all". Engadget. 2014-03-31.
  8. ^ Brown, Eric (Sep 10, 2014). "Edison IoT module ships with Atom/Quark combo SoC". LinuxGizmos. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Intel's Edison launches at IDF, and it's still tiny". Engadget. September 9, 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  10. ^ "CES 2014: Keynote Address by Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel (start at 21:56) - YouTube". YouTube.
  11. ^ online, heise. "Intels Edison: Pentium-System im Format einer SD-Karte".
  12. ^ " - Hotmail, Outlook, Skype, Bing, Latest News, Photos & Videos". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02.
  13. ^ Brian Benchoff (7 January 2014). "Intel Edison: A Desktop From 1998 In An SD Card". Hackaday.
  14. ^ Eric Brown (Sep 10, 2014). "Edison IoT module ships with Atom/Quark combo SoC". LinuxGizmos. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  15. ^ "Zestawy rozwojowe - Modułowo". Modułowo (in Polish). Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  16. ^ "Modulowo® Explore™ E for Intel® Edison - Modulowo". Modulowo. Retrieved 2015-11-30.

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