Tiny Yet Mighty Edison
Intel launched the Edison microelectronic development platform Tuesday. It's the chipmaker's low-cost ($50), low-power, small form factor general purpose computer. The company hopes the affordable stamp-sized mini computers will catch fire in the developer community and spark a new wave of Internet-connected devices, sensors and other electronics powered by Intel chips.
Intel predicts the number of wearable devices is expected to reach 320 million by 2018. Already the market is seeing tremendous momentum from a wave of fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch unveiled yesterday.
Edison, developed by Intel's New Devices Group, competes to some degree with rival platforms such as Rasberry PI and Texas Instruments' Beaglebone Black. But what sets Edison apart, Intel developers say, is Edison's much smaller size and is more powerful while at the same time more power efficient. And, most importantly, it incorporates wireless Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.