Intel Galileo: A Quick Review


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 many 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 Courtesy- 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 your 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