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# Everything We Know About the New Arduino Board

October 19, 2015 by Tim Youngblood

## The Arduino 101 is going to hit the market in early 2016. Here's a look at what we know about this intriguing little dev board.

When Intel teams up with Arduino, the result is a thing of makers' dreams.

### 1. It's the first product to use the Curie chip.

Intel's Curie Module is a low-power solution for wearables and industrial edge products. (The name is weird, though, since Marie Curie died from radiation poisoning. Moving on...) The Curie Module features an SoC that's meant to be integrated into wearables and, as such, comes with a motion sensor, Bluetooth radio, and a long-lasting batteries. The Curie can handle always-on applications and the Android is an easy-to-use dev board: it makes total sense to marry the two together into a product that even kids can work with. And speaking of kids--

### 2. It comes with electronics and coding courses full of projects for kids.

Companies are well aware of the future need for coders and makers, so it's no wonder they're trying to get kids hooked on making electronics. Massimo Banzi, Arduino's co-founder, worked with Intel to create an entire curriculum for physical computing, and the Arduino 101 will be incorporated into it.

### 5. It's got pretty great hardware.

If it plans on being the brains behind connected devices, it's got to offer adequate performance. The 101 features:

- 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller

- 384 kB of flash memory

- 80 kB of SRAM

- a DSP sensor hub

- 6-axis combo accelerometer and gyroscope sensor

### 6. Programming it will be a snap.

If you're familiar with other Arduino boards, you'll be familiar with this one as well. Intel will provide special libraries to utilize the Marie Module's special features, which is great because that means Intel will provide additional support after the board is released.

What else do we know? We want one. And 2016 seems so far away.