Arduino 101 Board Features Intel Curie Module, Bluetooth LE, and Sensors

I’ve recently learned that the battle between the two Arduino teams, namely Arduino SRL ( in Italy, and Arduino LLC ( in the US, had taken another turn with Arduino LLC now branding their boards as Arduino in the US, and Genuino in the rest of the world. This may certainly bring confusion to new comers, especially as they have to deal with different version of the Arduino IDE. With that backdrop, Arduino LLC has now introduced Arduino 101 (aka Genuino 101) board powered by Intel Curie module with Quark SE x86 SoC with Bluetooth LE and a 6-axis combo sensor.

Arduino_101Arduino 101 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Curie compute module including an Intel Quark SE x86 32-bit microcontroller @ 32 MHz and an a DSP sensor hub @ 32Mhz with 384 KB flash, 80 KB SRAM (24KB available for sketches), , Bluetooth LE, and 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope.
  • 14 digital I/O pins  (including 4 PWM output)
  • 6x Analog Input Pins
  • DC Current per I/O pin – 4 mA
  • ICSP header with SPI signals and I2C dedicated pins
  • USB – 1x USB device port for programming
  • Operating Voltage – 3.3V (5V tolerant I/O)
  • Input Voltage – Recommended: 7-12V; Limit: 6-20V
  • Dimensions – 68.6 mm x 53.4 mm

The Quark core runs ViperOS RTOS designed by Wind River, and handles the more demanding tasks, while the “Arduino Core” (ARC) takes care of I/Os. The Arduino core is only mentioned on Arduino website, but not Intel’s, so it might be that the DSP sensor hub is called ARC by Arduino.

The development board will also be used as a learning board in the US:

The Arduino 101 board, powered by the Intel Curie module, is incorporated as part of the Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) physical computing courseware, developed and tested by Arduino to provide elementary and secondary school educators with the tools, support, and confidence needed to introduce their students to the foundations of programming, electronics, and mechanics

Arduino 101 should become available in Q1 2016 for around $30. More information should eventually show up on Arduino 101 pages on and

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