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Reference Platform for Intel Embedded Systems

The so-called reference platform for Intel embedded systems is a wide range of hardware devices that use the Intel Atom processor and SoC. This hardware combination features compact size, low power consumption, high performance, low cost, and an excellent chipset for graphics processing and other specialized sectors. Thus it can be widely used in diversified embedded devices such as netbooks, nettops, tablets, mobile phones, and MIDs.

Internet of Things (IoT) and Next Unit of Computing (NUC)

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Next Unit of Computing (NUC) are recent application sectors for Intel Mobile processors. The Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE, shown in Figure 2-7, is built with an Intel Atom processor for intelligent systems and is a pint-sized unit for

value-conscious businesses and organizations. This low-cost, low-power solution introduces many firsts to the Intel NUC form factor: a fanless thermal solution for the ultimate silence and reliability, onboard flash storage for small-footprint software solutions, internal flat-panel display connectivity for built-in screens, a video graphics array (VGA) port for monitor compatibility in legacy installations, a serial ports header for peripherals requiring the robustness of hardware handshaking, a watchdog timer for

resilient system availability, and inter-integrated circuit (I2C) and pulse-width modulation (PWM) signals for interfacing with sensors and other embedded devices enabling the

IoT. And with its three-year supply availability, the Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE will be around to support long development and production ramp cycles.

Figure 2-7. Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE

With its vertical industrial design and support for Linux and Windows embedded operating systems, this Intel NUC was designed as the essential building block to power the thin-client market. A fanless kit with flash storage built in, USB3 support, and audio headset support, this Intel NUC fits right at home in schools, call centers, and other locations with a large installed base of VGA monitors.

Powered by the Intel Atom processor E3815, the Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE also provides an ideal combination of power consumption, performance, affordability, and software compatibility to drive light digital signage, point-of-sale, and kiosk solutions, among other usages. With 4 GB of embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) storage built in, many embedded applications will benefit from a lower overall system-level BOM cost. The high-availability resilience can also be enabled for these and other unattended solutions via the built-in watchdog timer, providing protection against downtime. This Intel NUC provides a discrete Trusted Platform Module device onboard for hardware-based data encryption—a must-have for applications where confidential information is at stake.

Intel Galileo Development Kit for IoT

The Intel Galileo development board, shown in Figure 2-8, is Intel's first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture. The platform is easy to use for new designers and for those looking to take designs to the next level.

Figure 2-8. The Intel Galileo board

The Intel Galileo board is a microcontroller board based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 application processor, a 32-bit Intel Pentium brand SoC. It is the first board based on Intel architecture designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with shields designed for the Arduino Uno R3.

This platform provides the ease of Intel architecture development through support for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux host operating systems. It also brings the simplicity of the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) software.

The Intel Galileo board is also software-compatible with the Arduino software development environment, which makes usability and introduction a snap. In addition to Arduino hardware and software compatibility, the Intel Galileo board has several PC industry standard I/O ports and features to expand native usage and capabilities beyond the Arduino shield ecosystem. A full-sized mini-PCI Express slot, a 100 Mb Ethernet port, a Micro-SD slot, an RS-232 serial port, a USB host port, a USB client port, and 8 MB NOR Flash come standard on the board.

The genuine Intel processor and surrounding native I/O capabilities of the SoC provides for a fully featured offering for both the maker community and students alike. It will also be useful to professional developers who are looking for a simple and cost effective development environment to the more complex Intel Atom processor and Intel Core processor-based designs.

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