The Intel® Edison is an ultra small computing platform that will change the way you look at embedded electronics. Each Edison is packed with a huge amount of tech goodies into a tiny package while still providing the same robust strength of your go-to single board computer. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ SoC dual-core CPU and including an integrated WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and a 70-pin connector to attach a veritable slew of shield-like “Blocks” which can be stacked on top of each other. It’s no wonder how this little guy is lowering the barrier of entry on the world of electronics!
The Intel® Edison packs a robust set of features into its small size, delivering great performance, durability, and a broad spectrum of I/O and software support. Those versatile features help meet the needs of a makers, inventors, and beginners. This is a module with a high speed processor and WiFi and Bluetooth Radios on board. It’s low power and small footprint make it ideal for projects that need a lot of processing power, but don’t have the ability to be near a larger power source or have a large footprint.
The Intel® Edison Mini Breakout is designed to expose the native 1.8 V I/O of the Intel® Edison module. The board consists of power supply, battery recharger, USB OTG power switch, UART to USB bridge, USB OTG port, and I/O header
You need the latest firmware version to be able to enable AP mode with the power button. You can get the latest version on the Intel Edison webiste here.
After downloading, follow these directions for updating firmware.
Then follow the directions for enabling AP mode here.
The Intel document mentions a blinking light on the board they are using that shows AP mode is enabled. Our base block does not include the LED that is on the Intel board so you won’t see anything, but holding the power button for 4 seconds will enable AP mode. (it takes about 15-30 seconds to turn on) The WiFi password is the same as the login password on the Edison.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Out of the box and ready to go, quite a statement and it is true. Wasn’t too impressed with the Yocto partitioning so I flashed Ubilinux onto the unit and am now very happy. Loaded Apache, Php, MySql, PhpMyAdmin and now have a complete LAMP server that I can carry around in my pocket. Bought the Sparkfun battery block and now the unit is completely unteahered. I’ll be building my own expansion board with the sensors and IO I require for a project I’m working on. With this little compute module running everything, the time to finished product should be under 60 days. Bottom line: Great little device with endless possibilities!!
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Embedded wifi, Bluetooth, lots of GPIOs, a responsive community, Arduino compatability, built in lipo charger and regulator (with thermistor support!). Quite an amazing piece of kit!
Setup is straightforward and all the info you need is right at your fingertips. Linux is well supported, though Mac support is a bit half baked when it comes to flashing via dfu-utils, but for those not needing to replace the OS wholesale, an alternative method via USB mass storage is available.
Only thing the standard breakout board needs is an SD card slot, though for most use cases the device has roughly 2 GB available on internal storage for hacking space.
Best part: it’s all wrapped around an Intel x86 chip, so no cross compiling is necessary for most software – just drop a Linux 32-bit binary on the device and it mostly just works.
Only thing Sparkfun could do to improve upon this: sell lipo batteries with thermistors built in to prevent overheat conditions.
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Note: The mini-breakout board (m-bb) does not have analog pins like the Arduino Edison board (AEb). If you wish to use analog pins on the m-bb, you’ll have to design your own circuit. (The add-on ADC/Arduino Sparkfun boards won’t fit with the m-bb). I wish this was specifically noted in the description.
If you’re just starting out, consider buying an AEb, or even the Raspberry Pi (RPi). They’re way more user-friendly, especially the RPi. The Intel Edison has a slew of amazing features, (insanely low power consumption, good slew of GPIO pins, built-in wifi/bluetooth, m-bb is very tiny and very light, bunch of great tools already installed [Ex. Node.js! Huzzah.]) but requires a lot more out of the user to functionally use, especially the m-bb version.
You will not find a lot of good guides out there, as they’re all tailored to the AEb or just don’t exist as the community is still new. You will have issues running code, either due it being coded for the AEb (bloody analog pins) or for the Arduino (it has some specific timers and other things related to the atmega328 chip). You’ll realize you should have bought some headers, a fine tipped soldering iron, and applied electrical tape to the backside of the Edison shield because otherwise good luck actually using the GPIO pins. You’ll find out that although you can hook things up via USB, you’ll need a 7-15V power source on the J21 pins to do so. You will find these problems, and many more.
But, it’s absolutely amazing and you generally have to deal with those kind of problems at some point anyway once you get to complex projects and inventions. For the person with experience this thing is fantastic! I can’t stress this enough. And most importantly, it’s a good time to get in and help build that community and write the guides for others to learn and build off of. I’m probably going to be buying several over the next year and incorporating them into all my projects, as they’re far superior to any other board out there at this price point.
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If you’re getting some other Edison blocks, expect to not be able to use them with this base board. The bottom board doesn’t offer any room for them, as the space has instead been utilized by … jumper headers. Additionally, there is no place to mount a stack, even if you are able to de-solder the jumper headers; the mount holes don’t line up.
My recommendation is that if you’re looking at this, and you plan to use some blocks, instead go for the “SparkFun Block for Intel® Edison - Base” and buy the Edison by itself, since that will allow you to implement your block stack.