Intel Supports Open Source Arduino Community with 50K Galileo Board Donation


Chip maker Intel hasn’t given up its hopes of equipping all devices, even wearable ones, with its own chips.

At the Maker Faire Rome, Intel announced its agreement with Arduino the leading open-source hardware platform in the maker and education community, and launched the Intel Galileo board which is the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture.

“Through our ongoing efforts in education, we know that hands-on learning inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

“I’ve been a ‘maker’ for many years and am passionate about the exciting possibilities of technology and what can be created with it. We look forward to a productive collaboration with Arduino and to providing this community with some incredible Intel products that will help push the boundaries of our imaginations.”

Intel’s collaboration with Arduino could help in its goal to equip all computing devices with Intel chips, as Arduino’s development kits and software programming interface helps artists, designers, and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts, with no technical background, create interactive objects or environments.  Intel and Arduino will work closely together on future products that bring the performance, scalability and possibilities of Intel technology to this growing community of makers.

As part of this open source effort, Intel will be donating 50,000 of its new Arduino-compatible Intel Galileo boards to 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months.

“I look forward to our collaboration and believe that our work together will produce some fantastic development vehicles that help foster some very exciting innovations,” said Massimo Banzi, founder of the Arduino community.

This is great news for Intel investors who have been worried about the fate of the company. It is no secret that Intel failed to penetrate the mobile market with manufacturers preferring to use ARM or Qualcomm chips, as they’re faster and don’t drain mobile batteries as much as Intel chips.  Lenovo has recently announced that it will be abandoning Intel chips in favor of Qualcomm in the latest K-series smartphone.  Though Intel downplayed the announcement, stating that that doesn’t mean the end for the Lenovo-Intel relationship, this doesn’t hide that it’s a huge drawback for Intel.

Also, it looks like Intel’s plan to infiltrate our living rooms with a high-tech set-top box fitted with a camera that knows who’s watching what may be on the rocks, as the plan is simply too ambitious.  Reports stated that it’s hoping Amazon or Samsung will support its TV endeavors but if it fails to find a strategic partner soon, Intel can bid goodbye to this project.