Whilst at Makercon in May, Intel® gave audiences hints to the possible release of a new Galileo board. It has just been announced that the Intel® Galileo Gen 2 will be available to consumers from August 2014.
Key features of the original Galileo and the Gen 2 include:
- Intel Quark SoC X1000 application processor, a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium® instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible CPU, operating at speeds up to 400 MHz.
- Support for a wide range of industry standard I/O interfaces, including a full-sized mini-PCI Express* slot, 100 Mb Ethernet port, Micro-SD slot, USB host port, and USB client port.
- 256 MByte DDR3, 512 KByte embedded SRAM, 8 Mbyte NOR Flash, and 8 Kbit EEPROM standard on the board, plus support for MicroSD card up to 32 MB.
- Hardware-/pin-compatibility with a wide range of Arduino Uno R3 shields.
- Programmable through the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) that is supported on Microsoft Windows*, Mac OS*, and Linux host operating systems.
- Support for Yocto 1.4 Poky Linux release.
Having listened to suggestions from the Galileo user community Intel® have made the following enhancements:
- 6-pin 3.3V USB TTL UART header replaces 3.5mm jack RS-232 console port for Linux debug. New 6-pin connector mates with standard FTDI* USB serial cable (TTL-232R-3V3) and popular USB-to-Serial breakout boards. 12 GPIOs now fully native for greater speed and improved drive strength.
- 12-bit pulse-width modulation (PWM) for more precise control of servos and smoother response.
- Console UART1 can be redirected to Arduino* headers in sketches, eliminating the need for soft-serial in many cases.
- 12V Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capable (PoE module installation required).
- Power regulation system changed to accept power supplies from 7V to 15V.
The board is the next chapter for Galileo enthusiast, offering better performance, increased control precision, and easier connection to peripheral devices, as well as being power-over ethernet ready so users can expand on its capabilities.
The board will cost $60 (£35), and is more expensive than ARM-chipped alternatives like Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone, which starts at $50 (£29). However, having 100-megabit ethernet and 256MB of DDR3 memory, the Quark-based Gen 2 provides more features for its price compared to the ARM options.
For more detailed product information, including specifications, communications, processor features and storage options, visit the Intel® website by following the link below.