Intel Galileo: A Quick Review

This article is a quick description of the Intel Galileo Microcontroller board.

This article is based on the article written by me for Digit Magazine under "Digit Tech Star Contest". So let's take a quick look at this.

Intel Galileo

Intel Galileo is a Microcontroller board based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 Application Processor, a 32-bit Intel Pentium class system on a chip. It's the first board based on an Intel architecture designed to be hardware and software pin compatible with Arduino Shields designed for the UNO R3.

Intel Galileo and Grove starter kit 

Figure 1: Galileo Kit

A Quick Review

Galileo is designed to support Arduino shields that operate at either 3.3V or 5V. The core operating voltage of Galileo is 3.3V. In spite of this a jumper on the board can convert the voltage up to 5V at the I/O pins.

In addition to supporting the Arduino shield ecosystem, the Intel development board comes with several computing industry standard I/O interfaces, including ACPI Express, PCI Express, 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, Micro SD or SDHD, USB 2.0 device and EHCI/OHCI USB host ports, high speed UART, RS-232 serial port, programmable 8 MB NOR flash and a JTAG port for easy debugging.

Let's have a look at its parts.

Figure 2: Galileo Quick Review

Image Coutesy- Sparkfun

Tips & Tricks

If you are into programming and technologies, then you guys trust me, this is for you. From a programmer's perspective, one can easily say "If you can imagine, you can create it!".

So let's have a look at what you can do with Intel Galileo.

  • You can create things for you home / office automation.
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  • You can use it in Robotics.
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  • You can take a step towards Artificial Intelligence.

(There is a complete world of IoT and Intel Galileo waiting for you guys, so tighten your laces and get ready.)


  • The Galileo Board is also software compatible with the Arduino Software Development Environment (IDE), that makes usability and introduction a snap.
  • The Galileo board has several PC industry standard I/O ports and features to expand native usage and capabilities beyond the Arduino shield ecosystem.
  • A full-sized mini-PCI Express slot, 100Mb Ethernet port, Micro-SD slot, RS-232 serial port, USB Host port, USB Client port and 8MByte NOR flash come standard on the board.
  • Using an Intel Galileo Board you can create your own world of Internet of Things (IoT) by writing just a few sketches.


Finally, I only want you to give a try to IoT. It's evolutionary and can automate nearly anything.

So, a simple question is:

Figure 3: What will you make with Galileo