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Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference

January 17, 2012 ,Santa Clara Convention Center, CA


Morning & Afternoon Sessions Plus Hands-On Lab

Intel® Boot Loader Development Kit (BLDK) for Embedded Systems

Start with an overview of BLDK and complete your training with a Hands-on Lab

In the hands-on lab you will learn how to:

•  Create a Boot Loader Development Kit (BLDK) Project

•  Build a Firmware Image Using Windows Hosted Tools

•  Boot an E6XX System to UEFI Shell & Explore the Various Options

•  Update E6XX Firmware from UEFI Shell


Stop by the Intel Booth to enter the free drawing for an E6xx System.

Get some hands on time with the newest Intel® Atom™ Processor D2000 and N2000 Series development kit.



Class and Lab Seating Is Limited

Register today at

09:15 am – 10:00 am class   10:30 am – 12:00 pm lab

01:15 pm – 02:00 pm class   02:00 pm – 03:30 pm lab


See what’s on the schedule at


January 17, 2012 Santa Clara Convention Center

There will be three other 2012 Locations

3/6 RTECC Dallas

5/15 RTECC Boston

8/12 RTECC Irvine

Gilbert Classical Academy

55 N. Greenfield Road

Gilbert, AZ 85234


Robotics Club Gets Show-and-Tell Session with Intel Engineer

A visit from an Intel engineer and his radio-controlled netbook gave robotics club members at Gilbert Classical Academy a chance for a high-tech show-and-tell session last week.


Stewart Christie, a product marketing engineer from Intel, showed students how the Pelikan Quadcopter from Ascending Technologies was built and operated. “This system has been featured in industry trade shows where it always draws a crowd,” said Christie. “It can be operated via radio control and features an array of sensors that read like a features-list for a high-tech phone—cameras, USB ports, Bluetooth, digital compass, and even a GPS system that can be used to help the robot maintain its position automatically.”


Students in the 10-person robotics group were able to ask questions and examine the quadcopter after a flying demonstration. “Most of the students in robotics are interested in pursuing education and careers in engineering fields,” said club sponsor Althea Carling, a physics and chemistry teacher at the school. “The club also provides outside class activities that help them to learn about different electronic components involved with computer programming.”


The robotics club meets during the high school’s lunch period on Wednesdays.


Photos courtesy of Gilbert Public Schools




The Pelikan Quadcopter flying over the Gilbert Classical Academy.


Intel engineer Stewart Christie explains to

students the capabilities of the flying netbook.



This article appeared in the Gilbert Public Schools Newsletter. Thanks to Brenda Morreim from their Community Relations Dept,

Matt Bunting is just finishing up his first year of post-graduate studies at University of Arizona in Tucson, and has just been awarded "Student of the Year" at the 2011 EE Times ACE Awards.  Matt designed an Atom based hexapod and you can see him demonstrate how he built it on a 3D printer on this video that we shot for



This hexapod has its own twitter feed at If you follow you can find out where the robot will be appearing, embarrassing photos taken by the on-board camera, and even a link to the @linuxjournal interview featuring Matt and the @hexapod.

I was lucky enough to be invited to be a judge for this event last year, and stayed at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University while we reviewed, debated and judged 169 embedded systems. Pranav Mehta, the CTO for the Embedded and Comms Group, was the keynote speaker and you can see his take on adding "Wisdom" to the next generation of embedded devices, or as they are often called, The Internet of Things





See  Lost In Translation - Shanghai Embedded Systems Design Contest - Part 1 for an introduction to the competition.

This series of labs consist mainly of an adaptation of a one-off lab that was presented at Fall IDF in San Francisco, but now there are three very large trucks driving all over the US teaching a lot of people.  This means that systems need to be “restored” to new after every lab, to prepare for the next city.




Problems we have encountered (and solutions too).

These problems will occur for users who try these labs on their own, if they try a series of the demo installations for the Intel Embedded Development Board N-450.  The problems occur because of the assumptions of the OS installation scripts,  or because there are bugs in the install procedures.  Once you get round these install “features” all of the OS’s work well, but it can be very frustrating to get stuck at step one or two.


Problem A: Brand New Disk. This was found at IDF when we tried installing an OS on a factory fresh SSD.  Obviously this only happens once per disk, so it took a while to determine what the hangup here is.  It has to do with a new disk not having a disk label.  See Solution Number 1 below


Problem B: Fedora and LVM.  The Fedora install for the E6XX uses the Logical Volume Management features, but that causes problems when trying to re-install Fedora, or to install another OS, say Meego, when trying to remove and re-partition a disk that uses LVM.


Problem C: Disk with no Partitions. This is really an outcome of problem B above, and we caused this problem by using a manual method to remove the LVM info, but didn’t write a new blank partition. Android-X86 install chokes on this, for example, but doesn’t actually display and error, it just ignores the disk.


Solutions. As I implied above the bad news is that these problems are within the installation scripts of these particular OS examples that we are using for the labs.  The good news is that these same OS installation images can be used to manually fix the problems, and allow for subsequent installations either of the same OS, or a different one.


Solution #1: Create a Meego Installation USB disk, and start up your target system and select Boot Meego from the first screen. Once it starts, select  another login console using CTRL-ALT-F1,  and login as user “root” with password “meego”.  Then run fdisk to remove any partitions and add a new blank one,  see FDISK section below for and example.


Solution #2. Use the existing installation.  One of the recommendations at the lab was to use “intel2010” as the password for all users, and installs requiring a password. This allows the lab staff to login as root on a console, and use the same FDISK commands for solution 1 to wipe out the disk contents.  This process also works for Ubuntu, but unfortunately not for  Android-X86.


Using FDISK to prepare a system for (re)-installation.

This automagically works for Problem A, in that fdisk will create and assign an MS-DOS label to the disk. You do need to Write to the disk to make this work however.




When I invoke fdisk, this time for /dev/sda, I always like to check I have selected the correct disk by typing P for Print to make sure I’m not about to format my USB stick, but it also shows how many partitions have to be deleted. The screen above shows a Linux LVM System for partition 2 (/dev/sda2), as this is from a Fedora install on an E6XX system.

To correctly initialize this system we would need two Delete commands, a New partition command, and final Write command to apply these desired settings. If you see three, or more, partitions, just keep pressing D, until they are all gone before adding a New partition.




The screen above shows an error message because I was using solution #2, and it makes sense to get an error, as I’ve just used a program to delete the entire disk that the fdisk program resides on.  You won’t get this error if you use Solution #1, as the OS is stored on a separate USB disk, and not the /dev/sda SATA disk.



EMBL003/4: Top of Form

Intel® Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010 - Official Rules

Bottom of Form




EMBL003/4: Intel® Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010 - Official Rules



The EMBL003/4: Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010 will begin on September 15th, 2010 and end September 15th, 2010.  Entries will be submitted at the Intel Developer Forum lab EMBL003  or EMBL004. The contest will consist of downloading one of a selection of operating systems available on the Embedded Developer Centre website , converting  the operating system image and loading it on to a USB disk, installing the OS from the USB disk onto an Intel supplied laptop, connecting the development board to the internet and using the operating system to email a specified message that will show up on the site. The winner, for each operating system, will be determined by the first message to show up on the twitter* feed.  The competition will be run twice, once for EMBL003 and once for EMBL004.


There will be one set of winners for each operating system in the EMBL003 lab and another set of winners in the EMBL004 lab. 

How to download the operating systems, and the USB installation programs to the Intel Supplied Laptops

To participate in the Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab You will be asked to download a third party software applications listed above which will be subject to terms and conditions of these third party licenses. Installation, use and/or further distribution by You will be subject to such third party licenses. Intel expressly disclaims liability of any kind with respect to installation, use or distribution by You of any such third party software.



To Enter

The contest requires participants to select an operating system from the choices available on the website, or as alternative from a shared server in the Lab.  Other operating systems cannot be used as part of this competition, but Intel may show these as part of the Lab.  To enter you must register for the contest at the EMBL003 room or the EMBL004 room at the Intel Developer Forum 2010. You will be asked to enter contact information so that Intel can contact you for contest announcements and prize distribution.  Your contact information will be treated in accordance with Intel's privacy policy which you can review here.  Your personal information will be used for contest administration purposes only. You can only enter either the EMBL003 contest or the EMBL004 contest, but not both.


Each development board station is allocated a login ID and password, affixed to the development board.  Contestants must send an email identifying the development station, and including the #IDF10 twitter* hashtag. This email is defined as your  “Contribution”. When you are ready to submit your Contribution, you will email it to using the supplied Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450, and the allocated login ID and password.

By submitting your Contribution, you agree to be bound by the contest rules. If you do not agree to the terms of this contest, do not submit your contest Contribution.

Contributions must sent by the end of the lab in which you have registered.

The Contribution must not be offensive or otherwise unsuitable for use, as determined in Intel's sole discretion. Participants must comply with the EMBL003/4: Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010 - Official Rules


Any submission of robotic, automatic, or programmed entries, or any entries submitted through other unapproved methods are void.

Prizes, Criteria, and Odds

Award Categories:

1. First message, for each OS and each Lab session to be displayed on the @devboard feed at within each lab will determine the winning person or team, provided that message has been sent from the Development board.

2. Each development station in the lab may consist of a maximum of two people, and each winning participant will receive an Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450,  retail value $149. If the winning “team” consists of only one person then only one board will be awarded


Except to the extent any of these prizes are prohibited by local law substitute prize of equal or greater value will be awarded.

All winners may get their work profiled on the Intel® Embedded Design Center or at the Intel® Developer Forum.  

Selection of Winner

 Participants must be able to verify to the judges that they have indeed sent the message from the development board.  All decisions by the judges will be final.  The winner will be notified by phone, e-mail or post within seven days of the selection. All prizes will be awarded within six weeks of the date the competition closes. Submission of the Contribution constitutes permission to use the winner's name and/or likeness on the Web site for advertising/trade purposes without further compensation. Entrants may be required to sign an affidavit of compliance with these rules, a prize release, and a release for the use of his/her name, likeness or voice for publicity purposes by Intel. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if potential winner fails to claim or accept prize within five calendar days of notification, disqualification may result and an alternate winner may be selected.  A list of winners will be posted on the Intel® Embedded Design Center and will be available no later than 2 weeks after winner selection.

All the winning Contributions will be posted on the above-mentioned website and will be available approximately two weeks after the winner has been selected.

Legal Documents

Privacy Policy

Terms of Use


EMBL003/4: Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010 - Official Rules

1.  These rules (including the Intel Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use) govern the EMBL003/4: Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010

 (the "contest") and set out the terms and conditions between Intel Corporation and its affiliates ("Intel" or "us/we") and each participant ("participant" or "you").


2.  You are eligible to participate in the contest if you have registered for the contest.

3. No purchase necessary. Purchase does not increase your chance of winning. Void wherever prohibited.

4.  You must speak, read and understand English and you must be aged 18 years or over or you must obtain the consent of your parents or legal guardian before you participate in the contest. If you apply to register for the contest, if you contribute to the contest or the Intel® Embedded Design Center community once you are registered or if you accept any contest prizes, you accept these rules. Employees of Intel Corporation, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate families of each may not enter. This limitation is void where prohibited.

5.  The contest is open to participants worldwide. All national and local laws and regulations of the resident's country of residence apply. Residents of countries under U.S. embargo are not eligible to enter. The contest is void wherever else it is restricted or prohibited by law.

6.  We may refuse your Contribution for any good reason.

7.  Intel provides you with access to a variety of resources on Intel® Embedded Design Center including communication forums, documentation, download areas, code samples, videos, blogs, articles and contests (the "resources").

8.  You agree to submit Contributions to the contest  under the following conditions:

a.  to participate in the  EMBL003/4: Intel®  Embedded Development Board 1-N450 Contest and Lab at the Intel Developer Forum 2010  You will be asked to download the third party software application listed above which will be subject to terms and conditions of these third party licenses. Installation, use and/or further distribution by You will be subject to such third party licenses. Intel expressly disclaims liability of any kind with respect to installation, use or distribution by You of any such third party software.

b.  Intel does not claim ownership of your Contributions to the contest in form of sample code, content, videos, articles or any other Contributions you submit to @devboard feed on By submitting your Contributions, you are granting Intel and its affiliated companies the following worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, unconditional, fully paid-up rights:

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(4) to publish your name or alias in connection with this contest and your Contributions.


c.  Your Contributions to the contest will be available to other participants and to ensure they are safe and freely usable by other participants, you warrant that:

(1) you own or otherwise have all rights necessary for you to provide the Contributions and grant the rights described above and you do not disclose any information which would constitute a violation of a confidentiality obligation;
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(3) your Contributions are not subject to license terms that require any software or documentation incorporating or being derived from your Contributions to be licensed to others.

d.  Apart from prizes offered as part of the contest, no monetary compensation will be paid for any of your contest Contributions.

9.  Intel is not responsible for contest entries not received due to lost, failed, delayed or interrupted connections or miscommunications, or other electronic malfunctions. Intel is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by you or any other persons or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest.

10.  You may be required to sign and return releases of liability, declarations of eligibility, and where lawful, publicity consent agreements, within five (5) days of acknowledged notification. If a selected potential winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible (under these rules or due to a failure to comply with any of the other applicable policies, licenses, rules, and terms of service, fails to claim a prize, or fails to timely return the completed and executed releases/agreements as required), prize may be forfeited and an alternate potential winner may, at Intel's discretion, be selected. Physical prizes awarded for the winning Contributions will be sent to participants within six (6) weeks from the date of the notification email or confirmation of the winning participant's physical address, whichever is later.

11.  Prizes are personal to the participant submitting the winning Contribution and cannot normally be transferred. All prizes are subject to availability and they may change at any time and Intel may award substitute prizes of equal or greater value. A cash alternative is not available. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

12.  The winner accepts responsibility for all federal, state and local taxes and fees in connection with the prizes. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winning participant, and participants may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the ARV of any awarded prize. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law, and subject to applicable federal, state provincial and local laws.

13.  Intel does not provide any warranty on the prizes. To the fullest extent allowable by law, Intel specifically disclaims any representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the prizes, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose and implied warranties arising from course of dealing or course of performance.

14.  We may, on notifying you, immediately suspend or terminate your rights, if you breach these rules or if we reasonably believe that you have submitted a Contribution in violation of these rules.

15. Intel reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the contest at any time for any reason.

16.  You can withdraw your Contribution at any time by notifying us. If a Contribution is withdrawn your rights to win a prize in this contest are lost.

17.  These rules apply to your Contribution and the resources, unless we provide any items to you under more specific terms, in which case those more specific terms will apply to the relevant items. We may make changes to these rules at any time without notice to you. The most current version of the rules can be reviewed on the Intel® Embedded Design Center website. Contributing to the contest or accepting prizes will constitute acceptance of the revised rules.

18.  Our only responsibilities with respect to the contest are set out in these rules. These rules prevail in the event of any conflict or inconsistency with any other communications, including advertising or promotional materials.

19.  For any feedback or questions regarding the contest or the prizes you can contact Intel by participating in the

Intel® Embedded Design Center  community or directly at


20.  If Intel improperly denies you any prizes, Intel's entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy will be limited to a distribution of the equivalent amount of prizes as set forth above. By participating in the contest, you waive any and all rights to bring any claim or action related to such matters in any forum beyond one (1) year after the first occurrence of the kind of act, event, condition or omission upon which the claim or action is based.

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Natan Linder from the MIT Media Lab visited the Intel Chandler office last week and brought me up to date with his plans for the Luminar Project.  Suffice to say it will be smaller and faster in the near future.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Luminar system here's the video from YouTube. And just in case you are wondering, yes, it is based on an embedded system from Intel, specifically the Intel(r) Embedded Development Board 1-N450.  More info on the board and processor/chipset can be found at






Prize Winners.

After  a long and arduous process the winners of the  Intel Cup Embedded System Design Contest were announced on Saturday afternoon, at Shanghai’s Jaio Tong University. The intriguingly named  “The Art of Shadow Puppet, The Stage of Atom” was the winner of the cup.354iC78655181E6B408F


 This novel project combined the traditional art of shadow puppets with robot’s that controlled the puppet’s movements.  In addition to controlling the robots, the same Atom based system would play back the synchronized music and dialogue, and even project an animated background with birds flying above the characters.  For someone coming to the Peoples Republic of China for my first visit, this blending of the old and new, the art with technology, was very appealing. I’m glad to say that the other judges thought so as well.


In addition to running a play, the team also had a full GUI based development system for creating and editing the plays.  The robots would duplicate the movements in real time, as the developer moved an arm or adjusted the posture.  Each action was stored, and could even be edited further by hand to tweak the position or synchronize a movement with a dramatic piece of music or phrasing.

They even showed how the system can be used to improvise and react to audience feedback.  The traditional puppet was replaced with Hai Bo the character from the  2010 Shanghai Expo,  and he would dance in time with a drumbeat, or shuffle sideways, as the processor system had different actions assigned to the different sounds a player would make.

Thank you to the organizers... 


I never saw the Subsiduary Three-Dimensional Hairstyle System, or even the Portable Multilingual Translation System that I alluded to in Part 1 of this article, as  they never made it in to round 2 of the judging. 


For round two, the top scorers, from each group of five judges, was resubmitted and we all recast our votes for the best designs.  As an aside, this competition has been going in now for over six years, so the organizing comittee runs like a well oiled machine. I would like to thank that team for a job well done. It can't have been easy, but they did a superb job, organising accomodation and meals and daily transportation for 176 projects in addition to the 21 judges.


For the awards ceremony, Pranav Mehta, CTO of Intel's Embedded and Communications Group, who had just been a guest at the ‘Intel India Embedded Challenge 2010’, flew in to get a tour of the finallists and to give a keynote speech. A common element between the two competitions was the enthusiasm and innovation displayed by the students, and the ongoing support from Industry, Educators and the Government in both countries.


Again congratulations to Xidian University and students, WANG Haoran, LIU Xin and ZHU Meng



Picture courtesy of Xidian University


The Intel Cup Embedded System Design Contest (short for "Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest - Embedded System Design Invitational Contest") was initiated by the Chinese government, hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is solely sponsored by Intel Corporation since 2002. Held every 2 years, the contest provides an opportunity for top undergraduate students to design a working system based on an assigned Intel embedded platform over a period of three months.


Each team consists of three members, with a faculty mentor and the three students are each given an hour to present a report, and them demo their system and show the list of features to the judges. Over the past two days I've seen some great designs, some strange and intriguing features, and some epic failures.


Judging is still going on, so I won't comment too much on specifics yet, but leave it up to you to decide as well. The title of the post highlights some of the fun, in that the students english name for their products often leave me pondering. I've seen "portable systems", that were not portable at all, a "rubbing tablet", and "Double News Paper Clips". I'll take guesses from the audience on what that system does. I must admit, that the students english is infinitely better than my chinese, I don't even know enough to order a beer, so I am very grateful to have been assigned a translator to help me. 347i21C63B7B018344B5


 The Panel of Judges - 2010


Today I hope to see the "Online Detector for The Tubular Bottle", "The Art of Shadow Puppet, The Stage of Atom" , "Avatar Brilliant Eyes" and the "Subsiduary Three-Dimensional Hairstyle System" . 

But to be honest what I really need is the "Portable Multilingual Translation System"  built by a team from Xian Jiaotong University. 


I can just hear Scotty saying ,"Captain, dinnae forget to pack yur Universal Translator".

At this years ESC I will be teaching a class on the hardware being used to launch Mirosoft's Windows Embedded Standard 7. The full list of classes can be found at Of course I can highly recommend that you stop by my Atom class Mon 4pm. 

Its included as part of the All-Access pass, but 4-day and ESC 3-day pass holders can purchase this hardware kit for $299.


Note to Seed Board users. The BYOES kit and the AIMB-212N Seed board use the same embedded flex design from Advantech. This means that most, if not all, of the info below applies to the single core N450 based Seed Board.


An extra bonus for users this time around is the inclusion of Wi-Fi card from Intel's Mobile Wireless Group.  I have attached a copy of the product brief for the card.




Mar 9th 2010- Initial release.

These are questions asked by Intel internal teams, and a limited set of customers and reviewers, and is a living document. If your question is not featured here, then search the EDC community, for documents tagged with @devboard. If you have a better answer to a question below, please forward it to, or send me a message on this community, my ID is rethinker.


Q: What’s in the box and what do I need to provide by myself?.


A: The Devboard kits consist of a mini-ITX carrier card, a CPU card with 1GB SODIMM memory card, a CD for documents and utilities, and for the first series of boards, a 12V power supply is also included.


At a minimum, to get an operating system up and running you will need to supply:

  • USB Keyboard, USB mouse, VGA display and VGA cable
  • SATA drive with SATA cable and a disk power cable suitable for 4 pin Molex on the carrier card.
  • Installation media:     

            Depending on your target operating system either a USB key with an install image, or a USB CD/DVD drive and an OS CD/DVD.



Optional Items.

            A case suitable for holding a Mini-ITX motherboard, with power switch, reset switch and indicator LED’s.


Q: Why does this board cost so much, I can get an Atom Motherboard for much less than $100?

 A: If all you need is a Mini-ITX board to build into or upgrade an existing system, then this board is not the recommended solution.  The board has been supplied as a modular component to help cut down the design time for proof of concept or prototype builds for system developers.  Users are encouraged to develop their own carrier card, in their own specific form factor and to use the CPU card as a component.

If the Mini-ITX form factor is all you need there are several solutions available. For long life embedded solutions, check out what the Embedded Alliance members have on offer as standard products. search N450+Mini-ITX

If you are looking for a low cost Mini-ITX board for building a home system, or are not concerned about long life availability, check out the D510MO motherboard from Intel.  It uses the dual core processor and the NM10 instead of the ICH8M chipset. 

Q: How do I get support for this board?

A:  This depends on what features you need support for.  So this question is broken down into three sections

                Q: How do I get support for the Processor, Chipset or Ethernet Hardware on this board.             

                A:  As these are standard embedded devices, all the regular support channels on EDC, will answer question’s about these devices. For online documentation look at the EDC-N450

                Q: How do I get support for my favorite operating system for this board?

                A:  For commercial operating systems, for example Wind River* or Microsoft* products,  please contact the vendor first and be sure to mention the Intel® Embedded Development Board 1-N450.  For open source operating systems, check the user forum for the latest versions that have been tested. 

                NOTE: If you are an OS vendor or have experience with operating systems and wish to port to this board, send a request through the EDC feedback link, via a message to “rethinker” on this site, or via twitter to @devboard.

                Q: How do I get a custom carrier board built?

                A: Post your request on the board forum, or via twitter @devboard, and Intel will help co-ordinate the different request, and ongoing projects to get the best match for your needs.  Multiple university programs are planning on using this board, third party vendors have signed up to provide addons to the board, and multiple teams within Intel are planning to use the board for their own projects.  Status updates, and related info will be posted on EDC.

Q: This board uses a new form factor for the processor card, is Intel trying to get a new standard adopted?  Why not use CoreExpress*, Summit* or some other industry standard?

This is not an attempt to create a new standard, but is a lower cost option to help make prototypes and proof of concepts faster.  Industry standard form factors have multiple vendors, thermal profiles, vibration and packaging test, connector reliability and extended warranties. This board has none of that, and is not intended to replace a commercial offering from the Embedded Alliance members, but is intended to complement their offerings.  If after developing your prototype systems you need more information about what these members can offer, click on the need more help section situated at the bottom left of every EDC page.

Update Feb 17th -2010



Booth Demo's.

The majority of demo's have shipped to the show, but there's still a few in development, or waiting for a crucial part. Currently I'm waiting for 24 bearings to complete an update of the hexapod robots.


Cases for the next gen atom demo's have shipped, but we are still waiting for a few acrylic covers, and the ubiquitous blue LEDS.

We have a large booth at the entrance to hall 9,according to our planner you really can't miss the booth. But just in case we are in booth 163  I think I'll be in Pod 7 most of the time.



A few highlighted demos.

An Atomic Drummer.


So you want to be a Guitar Hero* like Intel's Jeff Snyder, the NI system make Jeff weep. Not content with being beaten playing guitar, Jeff has added a drum section using an Intel Atom Processor. Come by the booth and challenge the machine.


Not IVI but OVI.

By now we hope you have heard of IVI,In Vehicle Infotainment, but how about OVI, Outside, or On-Top-of Vehicle Infotainment. Siemens* has built a digital signage demo, but its mounted on a taxi roof. Get one of these for your taxi and everyone will want to ride in your cab.


Embedded Design Center (EDC) Browsing station


If you're reading this, you should know what EDC stands for, but have you seen the latest features. Stop by this station and learn how to navigate the website like a pro. All of our official processor, software and development board launches will go live on EDC at the show. There's no need to wait till you get home, catch up at the Intel booth.


Training Classes.

We have a mini-classroom in the booth, and a full schedule. In addition to ECG classes, we plan to have classes from Microsft, Insyde Software, and Intel's Software and Services Group.

Check  back here for the latest schedule.


Low Cost Development Board

Stop by the booth to see the latest update to the project codenamed Black Sand, now known as the Intel(r) Embedded Development Board 1-N450. There will be live demo's and a class in the theater, and make sure you follow the board on twitter @devboard to find out how to get a discount coupon to purchase your own board.


Twitter Feeds

Follow our progress setting up the booth, on sunday and monday, look for hashtag #ew2010, and stay up to date during the show, with live tweets and pics. Follow @intel_stewart, during show hours, or track the updates in your own time zone, by searching for the same #ew2010 hashtag

The Atom Dimm boards have successfully booted Windows XP and Fedora 10. Its been a saga, as all board bringups usually are, ranging from using early access silicon, to incorrect BIOS settings, to wrong or missing pullups. But its working now, and a further batch of boards are on order to match up with the carrier board.  This works being done by an internal team in Hudson, MA, so I have still to see a working board myself. But it was a good birthday present to hear of their success this week.


Several US Universities have received their request for proposal (RFP) this past week, with details of how they can get their hands on some of these boards for curriculum development. If you haven't seen your copy, then I'm sorry you didn't make the short list, but I do have some boards allocated for "really good ideas".  So contact me directly and I'll see what I can do.


Hexapod appearances

The latest version of the Hexapod is coming to SWE in Phoenix . See if you want to see some really cool videos.  But if you want to see the beast in person, and play with it, make your way to the Society of Women Engineers conference in Phoenix, Saturday Jan 30th.  Intel's Embedded team are having a job fair booth, and the robot, (and probably me) will be there. @intel_jeff is helping create some digital signage applications that run on the same Z530 Fit-PC that runs the robot.


Posted by intel_stewart Oct 26, 2009


Codename Black Sand is an initiative within the Embedded Group to enable an ecosystem of developers, scholars, students, hackers and hobbyists adding hardware and software support for a related series of low cost Embedded Atom Boards. Current Intel customers are welcome also, but the main idea behind Codename Black Sand is to engage with like minded individuals and groups  who are currently using alternatives to Atom devices, and to work with the embedded community to promote existing solutions.


If the solutions don't exist, then this is the place to come to engage with these individuals and groups and foster a community to help develop the solutions.



There are  several overlapping sub-projects, but the common gathering point for all of these is the Embedded Development Center (, and that is where the public face of Codename Black Sand can be seen.


Sub Projects that I'm working on right now include.

  • Atom Starter Kit #1 : This project is adopting a next generation Atom Processor, IEEE beyond menlow, development board as its first hardware instantiation. The board is in debug right now, and I'll be posting regular updates as it progresses.
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-This means until we launch the silicon you will need private access to view schematics and most of the technical info.  Follow this link to request private access.



  • University Enabling : The Embedded Team are working with the Intel Higher Education team to help develop research and curriculum based on Embedded Atom.

-I expect to have a version of the Atom Starter Kit #1 available for selected universities before the end of the year.



  • EDC Seed Board #2: As part of the Avnet* Embedded Revolution Seminar Series the Low-Power Embedded Processor Division (LEPD) got together with one of the co-sponsors,  Advantech*, to enable a mini-ITX board, also based on next gen Atom, as a giveaway for attendees.

-The web page to request a board is due to go live end of October on EDC, and we will have around 200 boards to give away. UPDATE Nov 20th Link is live, goto Seedboard Interest from Avnet show is good, but there will be some available for general enabling. Preference will be given to developers wishing to make something fun, interesting or novel, particularly if you wish to post about it on EDC, or if you have your own blog, or site. 


Build Your Own Embedded Systems Class at Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose.Intel and Techinsights are working with Microsoft to sponsor the BYOES class in April at the San Jose Embedded Systems Conference. 

Update Dec 22nd 2009


The Dual Core D510 Atom Processor, announced in December and launched in Q1 2010 will be featured along with Microsoft's  Windows Embedded Standard 2011 code name "Quebec". This processor features Hyperthreading, and supports four execution threads. has the tech specs on the processor. 


  • Books:

-The Embedded Computing Group (ECG) is developing an Atom Book, we will be posting excerpts from the book on EDC, and soliciting feedback.

-The Embedded Linux Primer is being updated by its author; and this projects involvement includes removing all the old Intel XScale content:smileysad:, and adding/reviewing new Atom content.:smileyvery-happy: Again I hope to have excerpts posted on EDC as it goes along.


  • Co-Marketing, Blogs, White Paper, ECG Ambassadors.

-There's not much point in doing all this without getting the word out there, so part of the initiative is to enable User Developed Content on EDC. As we launch , the EDC content is pretty much all from Intel, or ECA vendors, or paid Blog Authors.  All of the above sub-projects include a component that encourages and rewards content from Users, Scholars, Customers, and others, to be posted on EDC. 

I can't offer monetary awards, as I have none, but I can offer free boards, free support, free software, free hosting and publicity for your project. But I am working on getting some money too.:robotwink:


  • Other ideas: Robots, you can never have enough robots.

Matt Bunting, a research assistant at University of Arizona h123iFDCB13F621AAD194as built a great robot using an embedded Atom design to run the reverse kinematics algorithms that allow this six legged hexapod to walk. As I am working on this project , (and I am the decider), I have decided to add this as the first example, of fun projects, so there's a separate blog post with links to the YouTube videos of this great device. Intel's Embedded Group is sponsoring the next version of this robot, and this rendering shows the proposal for the new legs.


If you would like more info, or feel you would like to get involved, in any of the sub-projects, please contact me at, or via twitter at @intel_stewart or go to the public page on EDC at and hit the reply button.


To prepare bootable USB image on Windows*  based machine
Download and extract from
Insert thumb drive into USB socket (ensure you don't have any other USB mass storage devices connected).
Open up a DOS or Command Window and run ImUpdate.exe


  • select Target - desired disk (by letter/size).
  • select Source image - 128MBDOS.img.
Press Start Restore to proceed.
Wait until completion - "Finished" will appear under Messages.
Take out thumb drive and insert it again. It should now be assigned a drive letter.
Copy SFlash16.exe to the root directory on the thumb drive.
Download and extract the latest BIOS: When this article was published the August 31st 2009 file could be found at
Copy the xxxxxxxx.ROM  file to the root directory on the thumb drive.
To Update BIOS
Insert thumb drive and power on the box. Press F2 during boot to enter CMOS Setup Utility
  • Set 1st boot priority to USB KEY
  • Save and exit
PC will  boot to DOS from the thumb drive.
  • Type SFlash16.exe <ROM file name> /Force
Wait until completion - a message "Flash memory has been successfully programmed" will appear.
Power off the system and power it back on.
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