Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) will start selling a second generation Galileo open source computer soon to penetrate deeper into the do it yourself market, says a report from PC World. Galileo, which is an uncased computer priced at $70, is used to develop robots, wearable devices and electronics.
Galileo to support Windows OS later
According to Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), shipping will start somewhere in summer, but the company declined to provide further details and specifications.
Galileo is similar to popular Raspberry Pi in specs, but is powered on the low power x86 Quark processor. Edison, used in the wearable design, was also powered by Quark.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) started shipping new low-power Quark processors with features such as secure boot just last month. The chip maker will ladd Windows OS support to Galileo at a later date, but as of now it will run on only Linux.
The current version of Galileo is powered by a 400MHz Quark processor with 16KB of cache and 512KB of embedded RAM. The board is compatible with Arduino, a hardware and software package used to make electronics. Other features of the board are slots and ports for mini-PCI Express, USB, ethernet and Micro-SD, 8MB of NOR flash storage for the boot sector and an RS-232 serial port.
Intel so far this week
In a separate development, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) Corporation has recently launched new H97 and Z97 chipsets, which will reportedly be used in the desktop PCs. These chips enable faster data transfer. Also, the chips offer support for M.2 specifications, which is eventually becoming popular with the solid state drives.
Both, H97 and Z97 have an upgraded version of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Smart response technology supporting the so-called hybrid drives combining lower proportion of solid-state storage (such as 16 GB) along with a traditional hard drive to improve boot-up and app launching times.
Also, the chipmaker is making effort to advance its efforts in artificial intelligence, and recently acquired an Israeli Siri-like firm named Ginger in a $30 million transaction. Furthermore, the company’s alleged headset Jarvis is rumored to have personal capabilities without Internet connections.
On Wednesday, Intel shares were down 0.45%, closing at $26.33.