I like what I see though, they have packed quite a bit of processing power into the tiny package. Good amounts of memory too. And I really like the built in WiFi/bluetooth. Looks like it could be a good option for making connected devices with. The only problem is transitioning from prototype to production with Intels current business model.
This video does a good job to show off the Edison on it's own, for anyone interested.
Not sure what the strategy is though - are they afraid to loose developer mindshare to Atmel / TI? Are they hoping that their chips will power the next kickstarter success?
My 5 cents: at least they are a player now, and the CC3200 has a competitor.
- for battery-powered projects, its a bit large
- 1.8V logic level is nice for energy consumption, but its really hard to source components for that, and level shifters are annoying
- price is a tad bit high, though adequate for its performance
Galileo was a total failure. Intel gave up giving whole stock to MS, MS in turn gave them out to developers pretending they have viable IoT platform.
Intel wants us to pay for something that industry won't buy with the Edison. Contrast to Arduino and rPi, which are providing affordable access to something only available otherwise to industry:
AVR: High volume microcontroller- let's make it accessible and useful outside of heavy industry == Arduino.
ARM: Exploding in popularity due to mobile devices- let's make it accessible outside of device manufacturers == rPi.
Atom: No one is using these in industry- let's palm it off on hobbyists and see if they can drive demand == Edison.
Hard to find the point of the Edison. Too anemic and dull next to true next-gen SoC solutions like the Zynq [http://zedboard.org/], and too overpowered for most microcontroller applications. Weird price point. No GPU or vidout. There's many SoMs and SoCs to try before this one.
Intel has had to give away Atoms to get them used in any volume, this HN comment on a contemporaneous article has links on the subject:
If Intel wants to hit the hobbyist embedded market running, they could sell Edisons for $10. By giving them away to heavy industry, yet selling them to hobbyists, they aren't garnering interest, they're patronizing.
You have to see that the ESP8266 is currently just a crappy wifi module with very low throughput (like below 100k) and limited range. I agree it will probably be very successful, never before has wifi been so cheap to add to a project, but I doubt you can transmit audio or video with it. I wonder if people will figure out how to run custom code on its MCU, that would be awesome.
I'm currently exploring the TI CC3200, it has a good price point (30$ via TI) and is quite capable (80Mhz M4 Cortex, 256k RAM) - for me its close to the sweet spot. If TI lowered the price even more, they'd own the market.
Then you have $10 modules based on 360MHz Ralink Mips soc, or $15 Qualcomm AR9331 400MHz (overclockable to ~500MHz) ones with 32/64MB ram. Those are very capable on their own.
Didn't know those SOCs are so high-powered, thanks for the info!
For prototyping a divider with 1% resistors would do just fine (although with some instability with a bad breadboard) and if you can't find 1.8V power parts for production you have much bigger problems. As for level translators, I've found they are almost inevitable on any design that uses enough chips and sensors.
This is in general targeted to a bunch of chips that integrate a microprocessor and a microcontroller and are usually fabricated in 65nm-45nm. With it's process advantage(22nm finfet) , intel can offer orders of magnitude lower sleep currents, some nice decrease on power(depending on x86 vs arm details), and more power in general. All interesting to embedded guys.
But they still have to create a large library of peripherals and support it(which they might solve by creating a few speedy cores and let the crowd code and share/support peripherals), add analog blocks, and gain the trust of the embedded community as a reliable long term supplier(which might be the one thing intel couldn't solve - because of it's past as an unreliable embedded supplier).
The second option is that this is mainly to motivate other embedded chip companies guys to use it's fabs.
Anyway ,i'm grabbing the popcorn.
It's not hard to dangle a micro off of i2c or some other bus, however, I can definitely see the the benefit of an easy prototyping solution combining an beefy (~100k RAM and 100Mhz CPU) real-time micro and a general purpose OS with wifi / bluetooth LE.
When I look at something like the Nucleo boards I see a chip company leveraging the energy around Arduino to push their own ISA, but that is just a form factor play AFAICT. What does Intel hope to achieve here? And can they do that without being a crapload more "open" than they have been in the past?
There is no room for x86 at the bottom. Nobody wants embedded chip that boots in legacy real addressing mode to maintain that sweet sweet compatibility with windows 3.11
Ditch the wifi for gigabit ethernet, slap a sata controller on the pci-e and mount it in a stackable frame with a power bus. Buy a drive, one of these nodes and stack it on top of your existing ones. Bam your own tiny cloud you can expand in increments of one drive (and commodity ethernet). It's probably a commercial non-starter now that 8TB drives exist but I still love the idea.
Or now that I think about it skip the sata and just sell it with some NVMe flash storage built in. Stackable storage bricks.
Standby (No radios): 13 mW
Standby (Bluetooth 4.0): 21.5 mW (BTLE in Q4-14)
Standby (Wi-Fi): 35 mW
It this turned ON and waiting on standby? Or is this turned OFF standby? And how much does it use when CPU is working?
Seems weird that they wouldn't at least drop it somewhere. Kinda important if you have to make a carrier board for it.
WLAN has been somewhat sorely lacking for these mini computers, your only option was pretty much the rather terrible MIPS platforms made for routers.
Hopefully they'll send some to Farnell so we Europeans can get a taste of it as well.
Compare and contrast doing so with giving them the finger on video because they won't follow your marching orders.
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