Joule development platform enables rapid prototyping for IoT applications

High-performance compute modules and kits for developers, inventors, and entrepreneurs working on innovative applications enabled by the IoT are all included in the Intel Joule platform from RS Components.

It can be used for applications in computer vision, robotics, drones, industrial IoT, virtual reality, micro-servers, and other uses that require high-end edge computing such as industrial safety glasses with augmented reality, social robots, and application-specific custom carrier boards.

The Intel Joule platform is based on a high-end compute System-on-Module (SoM) featuring Intel HD graphics capable of 4K video capture and display, and large memory in a tiny, low-power package.

There is a software and hardware ecosystem for a choice of OS and off-the-shelf libraries and sensors, for developers to rapidly prototype and start manufacturing quicker and at a lower cost.

Based on an Intel Atom processor, the Intel Joule module provides low-cost scalability from initial concept design to high-volume production, says the company.

The platform is available in two main compute module configurations and two associated developer kits. The Intel Joule 550x compute module features a 64bit 1.5 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor T5500, plus 3Gbyte LPDDR4 RAM and 8Gbyte eMMC memory.

The higher-performance Intel Joule 570x compute module features a 64bit 1.7GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor T5700 with Intel Burst Technology allowing operation at 2.4GHz, plus 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 16Gbyte eMMC memory.

The developer kits include an expansion board, micro-SD card, two Wi-Fi antennes, and heat sink and fastener, in addition to the Intel Joule 550x or 570x compute module.

Both compute modules offer a variety of high-speed physical interfaces including USB 3.0, multiple GPIO, I²C and UART interfaces. They also offer Wi-Fi (dual-band MIMO) and Bluetooth 4.1 for extended range and bandwidth. Intel RealSense depth-sensing camera technology enables developers to build devices suited to systems requiring advanced computer vision.

The software ecosystem supporting the Intel Joule module runs the open-source Reference Linux OS, which has been designed with security features required by IoT applications. Other options include Ubuntu/Ubuntu Core (Snappy) or Microsoft Windows10 IoT Core with further off-the-shelf libraries and peripherals available to help accelerate development.


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