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Intel and Banzi just presented Arduino 101 and Genuino 101

Zoe RomanoOctober 16th, 2015


Today during Opening Conference at Maker Faire Rome, Josh Walden Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation and Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, announced the upcoming release of Arduino 101 (U.S.) and Genuino 101 (outside the U.S.). The board features a 32-bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller for minimal power consumption, 384 kB of flash memory, 80 kB of SRAM (24kB available for sketches), an integrated DSP sensor hub, Bluetooth® Low Energy radio, and 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope.

We collaborated with Intel to provide the maker community an affordable learning and development board ideal for entry-level makers and education environments and also the first widely available development board based on the tiny, low-power Intel Curie  module.

Josh Walden explained the new partnership with Arduino:

“Empowering budding entrepreneurs and young students has always been a priority for Intel, and by partnering with Arduino, we are bringing the power of Intel to a new generation of makers. With the advanced features of the Intel Curie module embodied in the Arduino 101 board, young learners as well as developers can now bring to life truly unique, smart and connected creations.”

Massimo Banzi added:

“We worked closely with Intel on the development of this board and are expanding our educational courseware to incorporate the connectivity and advanced features expected by today’s student developers. Through our work with Intel, we’re able to reach a global community of entry-level makers and students with a comprehensive introduction to physical computing and now with a more advanced, powerful technology solution that will help them bring their creative visions to reality.”

Arduino 101 will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for a suggested retail price of US$30 (approximately 27 euros). The Intel-manufactured board will be sold under the Arduino 101 brand in the United States and under the Genuino 101 brand outside the United States. It will be also available through catalog distributors and retailers selling other Intel maker and innovator products such as Amazon, Conrad Electronic, Farnell Element 14, Microcenter, Mouser, Radio Shack, RS Components and SparkFun.

In the meanwhile Arduino 101 will be incorporated into the Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) physical computing curriculum developed and tested by our team and currently deployed in over 300 schools. CTC is the world’s first formal physical computing curriculum for elementary and secondary school classrooms and provides educators with the tools, support and confidence needed to introduce their students to the foundations of programming, electronics and mechanics.

Intel will work closely with us to bring the CTC program to schools across the globe in coming years. As it is introduced to classrooms, Arduino 101 will nurture the next generation of technology industry professionals, entrepreneurs and inventors!

18 Responses to “Intel and Banzi just presented Arduino 101 and Genuino 101”

  1. legonick22 Says:

    This is quite cool and all, but when’s the Tre ever going to be released?

    That aside, I think this is an excellent step-up from the Uno, while still being cheaper than a Zero or Mega.

  2. Osqui Says:

    What about the necessary bluetooth library, IMU library, low power library…?

  3. ivonnics Says:

    Will former Arduino Uno (and its cousins: Leonardo, Mega, Micro, etc) sketches and libraries be able to run on this new Arduino 101?

  4. facchinm Says:

    Bluetooth and IMU libraries are already quite complete and will be shipped inside the 101 core.
    As per AVR compatibility, the sketch will need to be recompiled but everything running on Uno and cousins will run on 101

  5. eazytoby Says:


  6. Felipeyun Says:

    It is a nice advance and nice board but, is it going to be open hardware? I don’t think so.

  7. Jarjargeek Says:

    This is just great news, the Genuino 101 is a great and timely upgrade to the trusty UNO ; great to se Arduino keeping a positive momentum – slowly rising from the ‘ashes’ ;0)

  8. Osqui Says:

    Atheros part from Yún isn’t open source.
    Zero’s Gerber files aren’t (still?) published…so it isn’t open source.
    In fact, from the time Arduino’s micros weren’t in DIP format, the “open source”/”do-it-yourself” fact has been less and less relevant in the hardware part.

  9. techsimage Says:

    Look guys, it looks like uno, acts like uno and is 32 bit, you can use it for a computer sort of and its cheap. All I care about is can we pre order one because I killed my sparkfun red board.

  10. techsimage Says:

    In my robotics class.

  11. brian_s_edwards Says:

    This is truly great news! Recompiling shouldn’t be any big deal. The libraries that ship with it cover the most important things for me.
    Way to go!

  12. sencan Says:

    Great news. This becomes an addiction and you always want more and better. Because we are now in an age of IoT I would expect Ethernet And/or WiFi (and better if Zigbee) capabilities on the board with several USB ports,similar to RPi. Sure that would be few dollars more to pay but would make more sense as an IoT device.

  13. JackRose Says:

    What’s the chip provider of BLE and 6-axis sensor (Accel & Gyro)?
    How about Compass & Pressure Sensors? There are indoor application needs.

  14. hbl2015 Says:

    As for lack of improvements over the original one, like adding features to the new board, better not to do it. It is supposed to be a direct replacement for the UNO, and it should be. Otherwise the instructions have to be re-written to include the new features, which create confusion for users. Programming should be transparent for the user, the C Compiler has to be re-written for the new chip, since the Compiler has to translate the syntax to a new assembly language. (I do not think the two chips are compatible in that respect), but the user will never know the difference when writing sketches for the new Arduino 101.

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  16. John_Gates Says:

    Wow, just started reading about this stuff today. Cant put it away. 🙂 Great work guys! Now, back to reading… 🙂

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