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.
At the heart of the tiny computer is the Quark D2000 microcontroller running at a speed of 32MHz—the 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.
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.