Intel’s Edison Gives You SD Card-Sized Computing

Intel’s Baytrail and Haswell chips were at the heart of CES this year with multiple manufacturers opting to use the company’s products for their laptops, tablets and smartphones. But Intel’s new Edison chip takes the cake when it comes to innovation and design. The Edison is a tiny ultra-power-efficient development platform that can fit in a package the size of an ordinary SD card…

 

Intel’s Baytrail and Haswell chips were at the heart of CES this year with multiple manufacturers opting to use the company’s products for their laptops, tablets and smartphones. But Intel’s new Edison chip takes the cake when it comes to innovation and design.

The Edison is a tiny ultra-power-efficient development platform that can fit in a package the size of an ordinary SD card. It uses a low-power 20nm 400MHz dual-core Intel Quark processor and comes with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The chip’s size and performance allow it to be used in a number of applications. To demonstrate this potential, Intel showed a number of prototype products that makes use of the Edison’s small design. These include a baby suit called the Mimo Onesie that tracks a baby’s temperature then transmits the data to a mug with blinking lights – a green mug means the baby is okay while a red light means something’s wrong with the baby.

Intel is pushing for the Edison to be used on other forms of wearable technology and has offered up to $1.3 million worth of prizes for developers who will built apps and devices that makes use of the technology.

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