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Intel Joule Module For IoT Applications Supporting RealSense Technology

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The launch of Intel Joule Module in August 2016 brings a new Joule platform. This is a module for IoT applications by packing a high-performance system-on-module into a low-power package. What it means is that it creates a maker board. This maker board empowers its users to conceptualize from prototype into production. And all this happens in a fraction of the time. In addition, there is almost negligible development cost. When you decide to go for it, it is essential to understand thoroughly what all you need to start with. In fact, you need to understand the exact Material Requirements to make sure you have all the hardware and software components required for your Intel Joule development platform. Just go through the user guide here. This step-by-step guide will help you set up and get started programming your Intel® Joule™ development platform.

Intel Joule Compute Module

The Intel Joule kits are available in two flavors. Intel® Joule™ 570x Developer Kit is the higher performance model. While Intel® Joule™ 550x Developer Kit is the lower end model. You can compare the pricing and features here. The shipping has already begun through Intel partners. Intel claims to embed the great features these modules. You get high-end compute, 4k video, and large memory capabilities. In addition, Intel ensures support for RealSense technology and their other software tools. You can have a look at the hardware here.

The Intel Joule developer kit
The Intel Joule developer kit, a high-performance platform for Internet of Things developers, entrepreneurs, and established enterprises. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel Joule developer kits


Joule Module
Top View

1. Quad-core 64-bit Intel® Atom™ processor

2. Intel® Dual Band Wireless AC 8260 Wi-Fi* / Bluetooth®

3. Wi-Fi* antenna connector

4. Wi-Fi* / Bluetooth® LEDs

5. Wi-Fi* / Bluetooth® connector

6. PMIC device

Joule Module
Bottom View

7. Expansion board interface (J6)

8. eMMC* device

9. Expansion board interface (J7)


  • 14 nm, 64 bit, quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor at 1.5 GHz or 1.7 GHz with 2.4 GHz burst
  • 4 MB cache (2 MB per core-pair)


  • 3 GB or 4 GB of package-on-package (PoP) LPDDR4 RAM
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of eMMC 5.0


  • On-chip Intel® HD Graphics
  • 450 MHz with burst up to 650 MHz
  • 4K video display


  • Integrated Wi-Fi* and Bluetooth®
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth® 4.2 compliant
  • MHF4 connectors for external antennas

Available BIOS & Operating Systems

  • UEFI compliant BIOS
  • Reference Linux* for IOT (4.4 Kernel)
  • Ubuntu* 16.04 Desktop and Core (beta)
  • Windows® 10 IoT Core

Two Board-to-Board 100-Pin Connectors (J6 and J7)

  • 1 USB 3.0 On-The-Go (OTG)
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 1 SD card 3.0 interface
  • One 1080p HDMI* 1.4b
  • 1 I2S audio interface
  • 5 I2C bus
  • 2 SPI bus
  • 2 digital microphones
  • 4 Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitters (UART)
  • Up to 48 GPIO (with 4 PWM)
  • 32.768 KHz and 19.2 MHz clock outputs

Finally, the Intel Joule developer kits includes all you need to get started developing with the Intel Joule Compute Module.

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