Intel to Give Away 5 Atom D2700 Development Kits to Selected Engineers

As part of its “Eureka! Design Challenges“, Intel is asking hardware engineers to submit ideas about what they’ll do with an Intel Atom D2700 development kit with 2Gb RAM, a 40 GB SSD drive & lots of ports and expansions, and will give one to the 5 candidates with the best project ideas.

Intel Atom D2700 Board part of the Development Kit

Here are the key features of this development kit:

  • Development board with the Intel Atom Processor D2700, and IntelNM10 Express Chipset
  • Board Support package from the Linux Foundation’s Yocto Project
  • 2GB DDR21066 MT/s non-ECC memory
  • 40GB SSD, installed, with SATA extension cable
  • Power supply
  • The Intel Software Development Tool Suite (GNU tool compatible)
  • Documentation and software
  • Comes in a mini-ITX chassis with dual independent display capabilities.
D2700 Development Kit Block Diagram

I’m not sure why Intel is focusing on hardware engineer for this type of project, and I suppose if you have some embedded systems development ideas that interface with external hardware, you could certainly qualify. If you want to apply, visit to Win a Dev Kit page, enter some of your personal details and write a short description (less than 100 words) of your project description. This is apparently organized by Intel APAC, but I could not find limitations related to the country of residence.

You can find some more details about Intel Atom Cedar Trail processors, including some datasheets, in “Intel Unveils Cedar Trail Atom Processors: N2600, N2800, D2500 and D2700” blog post. This development kit sells for $249, and you can get more details on Intel Embedded Evaluation Platforms page.

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Do these Atom processors (D2500-2700) work well with Linux?

(I have a netbook with an Atom & its graphics hardware (GMA500) is still poorly supported; impossible to play full screen video etc. If it weren’t for that, I’d seriously consider replacing my current – very old – laptop with a D2700 laptop. The D2700 is about as fast as its processor, and D2700 laptops can be had for about $300 from China…)