Intel develops Raspberry Pi rival with button-sized Curie chipset

Intel at Maker Faire Rome unveiled tiny computing device called Arduino 101 with its button-sized Curie chipset. The new device is designed to rival the leading card-sized computer Raspberry Pi.

The Intel Arduino 101, which will be called Genuino 101 outside the US, is designed in partnership with Arduino team. The device is specifically designed for education environments and embedded developers.

Under the hood, there is an Intel Curie chipset that the chip maker launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month. The presence of Curie chipset makes the new device a way faster than the Raspberry Pi B+ model that the was launched earlier this year.

Intel Arduino 101 with Raspberry Pi-like compact design

“Empowering budding entrepreneurs and young students has always been a priority for Intel, and by partnering with Arduino, we are bringing the power of Intel to a new generation of makers,” said Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group. “With the advanced features of the Intel Curie module embodied in the Arduino 101 board, young learners as well as developers can now bring to life truly unique, smart and connected creations.”

Although the low-power chipset was initially designed for wearables like smartwatches and smart buttons, it has firstly been used on the Arduino 101. The device additionally has an accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth Smart connectivity.

The Arduino 101 will be offered through Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) computing course developed by Arduino that is currently deployed in over 300 schools to test its functionality.

“We worked closely with Intel on the development of this board and are expanding our educational courseware to incorporate the connectivity and advanced features expected by today’s student developers,” said Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO, Arduino. “Through our work with Intel, we’re able to reach a global community of entry-level makers and students with a comprehensive introduction to physical computing and now with a more advanced, powerful technology solution that will help them bring their creative visions to reality.”

With a price tag of $30 (approximately Rs. 1,900), the Arduino 101 will be available in the first quarter of 2016. Intel has partnered with distributors and retailers such as Amazon, Conrad Electronic, Farnell Element 14, RadioShack and SparkFun among others.