MAKER FAIRE ROME - Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich today announced a collaboration agreement with Arduino LLC, the leading open-source hardware platform in the maker and education community. Krzanich also unveiled the Intel® Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel® architecture.
Intel(R) Galileo - Intel(R) Galileo is the first in a line of Arduino-compatible development boards based on Intel architecture. (Photo: Business Wire)
Arduino development kits and software programming interface make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments. Building on the Galileo development board, Intel and the Arduino community will work closely together on future products that bring the performance, scalability and possibilities of Intel technology to this growing community of makers. Also as part of this effort, Krzanich announced a large-scale donation of 50,000 Intel® Galileo boards to 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months. “Through our ongoing efforts in education, we know that hands-on learning inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Krzanich. “I’ve been a ‘maker’ for many years and am passionate about the exciting possibilities of technology and what can be created with it. We look forward to a productive collaboration with Arduino and to providing this community with some incredible Intel products that will help push the boundaries of our imaginations.” Today, Intel is working with 17 universities across six continents to develop curriculum based on the new Intel Galileo board. The goal of the education effort is to put the power of Intel technology into the hands of as many educators and students as possible. The company expects to name additional universities in the coming months. “We’re thrilled to be working with Intel and to having the performance of Intel technology for the first time in our development boards,” said Massimo Banzi, founder of the Arduino community. “I look forward to our collaboration and believe that our work together will produce some fantastic development vehicles that help foster some very exciting innovations.”