Intel plans to launch its second generation of the open-source computer Galileo Gen2 this August for around $60 to counter the popular $25 Raspberry Pi PC.
Based on a 32-bit Intel Quark SoC X1000 chip with clock speeds of up to 400MHz, the Arduino-certified 32-bit Intel Pentium brand system on a chip (SoC) is mainly targeted at developers, students, educators and DIY electronics enthusiasts.
Succeeding the earlier launched Galileo computer, which started deliveries late last year for about $70, has competitors in Raspberry Pi open source PC, Arduino Board, PandaBoard, BeagleBone and others that are priced lower.
Intel's latest product supports a wide range of industry standard I/O interfaces such as full-sized mini-PCI Express slot, 100Mb Ethernet port, Micro-SD slot, USB host port, and USB client port, together with 256MB DDR3 memory enable offering more features than the ARM alternatives.
Galileo Gen2 offers hardware-/pin-compatibility with an extensive range of Arduino Uno R3 shields, while it can be programmed through the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux host OS.
In addition, the second generation open-source computer supports Yocto 1.4 Poky Linux release.
SInce its release, the Raspberry Pi has revolutionised the way people have gone about learning to code.