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The Intel Galileo is an innovative new microcontroller based on the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 Application Processor, a 32-bit Intel Pentium-class system on a chip (datasheet). This gives the board some insane processing speeds in comparison to others. It’s the first board based on Intel® architecture designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with Arduino shields designed for the Uno Rev 3. Digital pins 0 to 13 (and the adjacent AREF and GND pins), Analog inputs 0 to 5, the power header, ICSP header, and the UART port pins (0 and 1), are all in the same locations as on the Arduino Uno R3. This board is for those who are already familiar with the Arduino format and writing sketches in Arduino IDE.

Galileo is designed to support Arduino shields that operate at either 3.3V or 5V-- the shields can stack directly on top of the Galileo, given the pin-compatibility. The core operating voltage of Galileo is 3.3V. However, a jumper on the board enables voltage translation to 5V at the I/O pins. This provides support for 5V Uno shields and is the default behavior. By switching the jumper position, the voltage translation can be disabled to provide 3.3V operation at the I/O pins.

Of course, the Galileo board is also software compatible with the Arduino Software Development Environment (IDE), which makes usability and introduction for Arduino aficionados a snap. In addition to Arduino hardware and software compatibility, 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 (which allows laptop peripherals such as WiFi cards), 100Mb Ethernet port (for easy, direct connection to the Internet), MicroSD slot, RS-232 serial port, USB Host port, USB Client port, and 8MByte NOR flash come standard on the board.

The Galileo runs Linux straight out of the box, and has the ability (unlike others) to multitask while operating an Arduino sketch-- this opens up a world of new opportunities for your projects. It's recommended that you also purchase a MicroSD card (up to 32gb) for the board, which adds greater Linux capability. Also, you must use the provided 5V power source as the Galileo cannot be powered by USB connection.

Clearly, the Intel team was inspired by the board's namesake-- Galileo is equipped to give Makers a new tool to allow them to create, innovate, and dream in an astronomically large way.

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I have one of these April 20, 2014
Reviewer: Saumel Raumin from Palm Desert, CA United States  
i love my Intel Galileo. It is a Arduino with the power of a very strong but small processor. It is an experience to work with this board. I would recommend the Getting started ebook.

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Uses slow I2C for Arduino I/O March 19, 2014
Reviewer: David Fowler from Elgin, TX United States  
The idea is awesome, the implementation is a bit weak.  Arduino I/O is on the other side of an I2C interface which makes it much slower then an Arduino at bit banging.
The Linux is hard to get at as they did not enable ssh. you will need the serial cable to do Linux stuff.
Stand alone, you treat it like an Arduino, don't even see the Linux.
I talked to one of the guys from Intel, they know of the limitation and are releasing a new version that will be much better.

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Linux x86 Arduino March 4, 2014
Reviewer: KK from Sunnyvale, CA United States  
The board features a 400 MHz Intel Quark x86 micro-controller and is supported by the Arduino IDE. It offers most interfaces you will ever want from a single board computer.

The board gives you a lot horsepower for the buck and supports the popular Arduino shield interface.

However be aware that many Arduino sketches will need some software porting work (more details http://bentuino.com/what-shields-work-with-galileo). The main reasons is the way Intel implemented the shield interface.

Go for it if you do not rely to much on Arduino Sketch libraries for your shield but have something new idea in mind.

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