CHIPMAKER Intel has announced that Curie, the firm's tiny chip for wearable and Internet of Things devices, will make its debut in a low-cost Arduino development board next year.
Curie features a 32-bit Quark processor, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors and an engine dedicated to working out different activities. It is almost a year since its unveiling, and the device will finally make it to market in the Genuino 101 development board.
The Genuino 101, or Arduino 101 as it's known in the US, is a low-cost Raspberry Pi rival that offers an accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth Smart connectivity to enable the development of smart connected devices.
The Arduino 101 might not be the flashy wearable device that Intel was first aiming for with the Curie chip, but it will do more good by helping to build students' technology skills through projects in coding, collaborating and making.
Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's New Technology Group, said: "Empowering budding entrepreneurs and young students has always been a priority for Intel, and by partnering with Arduino we are bringing the power of Intel to a new generation of makers.
"With the advanced features of the Intel Curie module embodied in the Arduino 101 board, young learners as well as developers can now bring to life truly unique, smart and connected creations."
Arduino's founders have also announced the launch of a programme for schools called Creative Technologies in the Classroom, which provides kits that include hardware and teaching materials, including the Arduino 101 board.
"We worked closely with Intel on the development of this board and are expanding our educational courseware to incorporate the connectivity and advanced features expected by today's student developers," said Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO of Arduino.
"Through our work with Intel, we're able to reach a global community of entry-level makers and students with a comprehensive introduction to physical computing and now with a more advanced, powerful technology solution that will help them bring their creative visions to reality."
The Arduino 101 will be available in the US from early next year priced at $30. There's no word yet on UK availability. µ
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