Intel Ships Its Cheapest Computer Ever With the $15 IoT Developer Board

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In response to growing demand from both a legion of hobbyist IoT developers and innovative startups building the next wearable technologies, Intel has released the Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000. At US$15, it’s the cheapest computer Intel has shipped to date.
The Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000. Source: Intel.com.
The Quark Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000. Source: Intel.com.

The computer consists of a single minuscule circuit board upon which a myriad of input devices can be attached, including sensors for temperature, light, sound, weather, and distance to devices. among others. It has a six-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, temperature sensor, and a USB 2.0 port. For power, the board has a coin cell battery slot and a 5-volt power input.

Like popular IoT hardware/board manufacturer Arduino, the Quark D2000 is mainly targeted at developers building gadgets, wearables, home automation products, industrial equipment, and other IoT devices. In fact, it’s fully compatible with the hardware specifications of Arduino Uno.

Source: Snootlab / Flickr Creative Commons.
Intel’s biggest IoT challenge? The Arduino Uno. Source: Snootlab / Flickr Creative Commons.

At the heart of the tiny computer is the Quark D2000 microcontroller running at a speed of 32MHzthe same frequency as the Quark chip on the  button-sized Curie board. Curie was Intel’s previous entrant into the IoT space, most famously used on snowboards at X Games for capturing and delivering real-time information on speed, jump height, and other real-time data feeds and statistics to viewers and athletes.

 

Handful 'o Intel Curie processors. Source: intel.com.
Handful ‘o Intel Curie processors. Source: intel.com.

Intel hopes its new $15 board could give other popular platforms like Arduino a run for its money amongst the maker community. The kit is currently available for purchase at mouser.com.

 

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