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make_conference_badge-ces2014Intel’s new single board computer, Edison, takes on a familiar form factor. Jammed into an SD card, the 400MHz Quark processor on board has two cores, flash memory, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy for communication. It runs Linux on one core and a real time operating system on the other. You can program Edison by inserting the board into the SD card reader of your computer. The pins on the bottom of the board are capable of GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI, and PWM. “It can be designed to work with most any device—not just computers, phones, or tablets, but chairs, coffeemakers, and even coffee cups,” according to Intel’s press release. “The possibilities are endless for entrepreneurs and inventors of all kinds.” At first glance, I think this could be a good board for makers as well.

Check out the video below for more about Intel’s newest dev board including some test implementations from Thomas Lipoma, the founder of Rest Devices, the makers of the Mimo baby monitor.

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. That’s pretty awesome. Any idea how much money they will retail for?

  2. David Mc says:

    Now we need these and a servo controller to plug them into!
    Super small smart robots coming! Make the servo controller with sound output and give it plenty of IO ports..
    Make something great and small.

  3. Don Pancoe says:

    How soon will SparkFun and/or Adafruit start selling the breakout board?

  4. so does it run video like Rasp Pi?

  5. With a form factor that small there is almost no limit to what devices you can modify :D

  6. Mark W. says:

    Cool idea, but wouldn’t it make more sense to have a form-factor that stuff plugs into instead of it plugging into something else?

  7. According to a recent revelation , the AX200 series SD cards already have a computer
    built in them. And possibly many others. They are used to test for bad sectors during


  8. It isn’t really that awesome when you consider the transcend wifi card already has wifi, ARM9 processor, 16gb storage, runs linux and costs £30. All intel has really done is breakout some extra IO so if costs more than £35, why bother?

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