Intel has taken the wrapper off of Edison, their new ultra small computing module which is no bigger than an SD card.
Based off of the Quark SoC technology, Edison is a miniature computer based off of Intel’s 22nm manufacturing process and comes equipped with both WiFi and Bluetooth modules. It is aimed directly at developers for the time being with several applications already being considered.
Intel claims this is one of the lowest power “systems” available even though it houses a full range of features. This makes Edison an excellent companion for mobile devices which need more horsepower than other SoCs can provide but still want to retain ultra low battery consumption. Naturally, this means wearable devices are the primary target for this proof-of-concept system.
While Edison can be considered an all-in-one PC on a single small PCB, it isn’t meant to run Windows. Rather, Linux and other open source OSes are supported through the Wolfram programming language.
Intel is even in the process of rolling out a programmer-focused library of apps in an effort to facilitate development for Edison.