Since the milestone 4004 microprocessor, Intel devices have always played a significant role in the variety of architectures used in industrial controllers. When it comes to consumer electronics (except for PCs), however, where power consumption and the set and the flexibility of on-chip periphery become critical, Intel has never been a winner. With the skyrocketing popularity of different implementations of ARM architectures, Intel has nearly completely lost the mobile consumer electronics sector.
On the other hand, such microcontroller brands as Atmel, Microchip, and especialy TI and Freescale (ex Motorola) that traditionally share the industrial controllers’ niche with Intel, never stop updating their products to meet the developing consumer electronics’ needs. As a recent result, an under $100 powerful SoC development board, capable of running a RTOS or even a fully-functional version of unix-family OS, can be found driven by every popular manufacturer’s core, except for an Intel one.
For the DeviceHive team, the announcement from Intel that they will be entering the world of development boards late last year was a signal to pay attention by adding it to the roster of supported platforms. Now, as Intel Galileo is becoming more and more popular among electronics startups and DIY enthusiasts, DeviceHive offers support for this board as a cross-communication hub (gateway) in the DeviceHive topology.
Traditionally, along with software support for Intel Galileo, DeviceHive electronics lab has extended its set of educational platforms, previously comprised of Arduino- and Raspberry Pi-driven systems, with one powered by Galileo. Built on a well-known core, the x86, this platform can also serve as a tool for studying the use of a popular 80486 microprocessor in bare/real time hardware environment, which is untypical for modern PCs.