Intel announces dual-core PC the size of an SD card

by: Gary SimsJanuary 7, 2014

intel-edisonDuring CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has announced a new tiny PC from Intel called Edison. The “full Pentium class PC” fits into the case of a SD card and comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (aka Bluetooth low energy). The amazingly small development board is part of Intel’s drive to offer a suitably small, but yet powerful, platform that can fit into almost any household object, from wearable tech to coffeemakers, and even coffee cups.

Based on a low-power 22nm Intel Quark processor the Edison is a fully working computer with a 400MHz dual-core CPU that can run Linux. It also has its own app store and comes with full support for Wolfram Mathematica.

As a demo Krzanich showed off an enhanced baby monitor that extended a Onesie baby monitor to send real-time data to a coffee-cup with built in LEDs that show the baby’s condition.


Intel also launched its “Make It Wearable Challenge” contest with a prize pot of over $1.3 million. First prize is a sweet $500,000 and the top 10 ideas get a chance to work with industry leaders to bring their ideas for the next generation of wearable technologies to life.

This tiny device will be available for developers to buy and use from the middle of this year and I am sure that lots of innovative products using it will come out not long after that. It will also be interesting to see how other industry leaders like ARM and Google respond to Edison.

  • John Sean Religioso

    i guess everything is getting smaller and smaller.

    • Benjamin Pavel

      Except phones, they are getting bigger and bigger…guess OEMs think that our hand grow too each year :)

      • Abdel Aziz Farhi

        Well its working for them so far. Samsung is making its phones bigger each time and the sales are only going up.

      • ShawnPete

        Phones will shrink once wearable tech becomes the norm. Once one’s entire visual range is the display, you won’t need a large phone display any longer.

        • yeahman45

          isn’t it the opposite? as wearable tech goes mainstream.. our phone can remain in our bag(so does not matter that it is big) while using our watch to view our messages and make and receive calls… take out our big phone when needed

          • dbell5

            Forget the watch – as ShawnPete suggested, your entire visual field – retina projected, say – will be the “screen”. Voice controlled (subvocal), all implanted.

  • Shark Bait

    this looks truly awesome, smaller and more powerful than an arduino! i hope their are accessories to make connecting I/O easy. Will defiantly get one of these if the price is right!

  • barry

    NSA will love this.
    Now they only need to send a teacup gift to suspicious individual..

    • pinkythefish

      NSA has far superior stuff to this lol this stuff is just for the public.

    • rtoz

      Sure!!! Have you received Teacups? be aware

  • David Mueller

    Something for the Raspberry… :-)

  • Cal Rankin

    I think it would be great as a way for companies to get in on the automated, connected everything dynamic. One could easily make a ton of devices that have a slot where someone can just put in an Edison chip. If it’s as easy to snap in an Edison chip as it is an SD card, it could be really simple to get multiple devices out quickly and cheaply. You could just make something with a slot for an Intel Edison chip, and manufacturers can make cheaper devices that use it.