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Now stocking at RS Components, the Intel® Joule™ development platform enables rapid prototyping for IoT applications

High-performance Intel Joule compute modules and development kits target developers, inventors, and OEMs for Internet of Things applications

Taiwan, 10 November 2016:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of the new Intel® Joule™ platform, which includes high-performance compute modules and kits for developers, inventors, and entrepreneurs working on innovative applications enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT). The multipurpose Intel Joule platform is ideal for a wide variety of potential 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 around 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. The platform offers a vast software and hardware ecosystem, which provides developers with a choice of operating system and off-the-shelf libraries and sensors. This allows 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.

The Intel Joule platform is available in two main compute module configurations and two associated developer kits. The Intel Joule 550x compute module features a 64-bit 1.5 GHz quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor T5500, plus 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 8 GB eMMC memory. The higher-performance Intel Joule 570x compute module features a 64-bit 1.7 GHz quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor T5700 with Intel® Burst Technology allowing operation at 2.4 GHz, plus 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 16 GB eMMC memory. The developer kits include an expansion board, micro-SD card, two Wi-Fi® antennas, and heatsink and fastener, in addition to the Intel Joule 550x or 570x compute module.

Both compute modules offer a wide 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. The platform includes support for Intel® RealSense™ depth-sensing camera technology, enabling 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 specifically with security features required by IoT applications. Other options include Ubuntu/Ubuntu Core (Snappy) or Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Core with further off-the-shelf libraries and peripherals available to help accelerate development.

The Intel Joule modules and developer kits are shipping now from RS.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of £1.29bn.

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