Arduino 101 has arrived

Yesterday I received at home my first Arduino 101 (Genuino 101). I bought it on Yahoo Auctions for just 2,000 Yen. The board has the same size of an Arduino Uno, Ethernet and similar. But, instead of an Atmel microcontroller, it uses the new Intel Curie architecture. The frequency increases from 16MHz to 32MHz. The core voltage decreases from 5V to 3.3V (but it is still 5V tolerant). Available flash memory and RAM have also increased, so the board can run more complex sketches, including more instructions and variables.

Full info on this board are available on the Arduino official website and Intel official website.

The most important features of this new board are a built-in Bluetooth LE, and 6-axis accelerometer/gyro sensor.

My target is to use this board, together with a U-blox Neo 6M GPS receiver, in order to log GPS data. Up to now, I used an Arduino Ethernet board, which has a built-in SD card slot. However, Arduino 101 provides a built-in accelerometer/gyroscope, which can be very useful to log data while riding a motorcycle or a car on the street.

Arduino 101 front
Arduino 101 front

Since the new Arduino/Genuino 101 does not have an integrated SD card slot, I need to use an external one. For this purpose, I bought an SD card reader (CATALEX Micro SD Card Adapter v1.0) on Yahoo Auctions for just 300 Yen. Unfortunately, I forgot to buy the USB cable to connect Arduino to the PC, but today I will go to Akihabara to buy it, as well as other electronic components and a case in which I will put all the components.

Author: Davide Cavaliere

I am an Italian Electrical Engineer graduated at Politecnico di Milano. My interests are motorcycles and cars, electronics, programming, Internet of Things, and Japanese culture.

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