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Wolfram to Bring World’s Most Sophisticated Programming Language to New Intel SD-Card-Sized Computer

Published January 7, 2014

During the Intel Corporation pre-show keynote for the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last night, it was announced that Wolfram and Intel are working together to bring the Wolfram Language and Mathematica to Intel® Edison, a new SD-card-sized, 22 nm Intel Quark technology-based computer that will be available this summer.

“Pairing Wolfram Language—the foundation of Wolfram’s initiative to apply sophisticated computation everywhere, in a universally accessible way—with Intel Edison is a significant advance for the future of embedded computation and the Internet of Things,” said Mike Bell, Intel Vice President and General Manager for Intel’s New Devices Group.

The product is well-suited to enable rapid innovation and product development by inventors, entrepreneurs, and a wide range of consumer product designers looking to create Internet-connected wearables or other small-form-factor devices. Yesterday’s announcement at CES coincided with the launch of the Wolfram Connected Devices Project, the goal of which is to work with device manufacturers and the technical community to provide a definitive, curated source of systematic knowledge about connected devices.

“I’m excited about the possibilities of the Wolfram Language running on Intel Edison. Fitting a real computer into an SD-card form factor is a remarkable technical feat that’s suddenly going to make it easy for all sorts of formerly ‘dumb’ devices to compute,” said Luc Barthelet, Executive Director at Wolfram Research. “It’s a great fit with our long-term strategy of injecting sophisticated computation and knowledge into everything.”

The Wolfram Language is the result of more than 25 years of leading-edge language development. Unique in its philosophy of building in a vast array of algorithms, knowledge, and interfaces, its goal is to be the world’s smartest and most productive programming language—and the shortest path from ideas to deployed code. The ability to run on the Intel Edison further demonstrates the language’s strength and scalability.

The Wolfram Language and Mathematica on Intel Edison also opens up new avenues for remote sensing, health monitoring, adding local processing to devices, and other knowledge-based applications, as well as further enabling the creativity of startups and the maker community.

Intel Edison’s small compute package enables connectivity with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, and also has LPDDR2 and NAND flash storage, as well as a wide array of flexible and expandable I/O capabilities. All of these features can take advantage of the Wolfram Language and the Wolfram Cloud to discover, collect, process, visualize, and analyze data—enabling humans, programs, and machines to interact at a vastly richer and higher level than ever before, and providing a framework for delivering all sorts of new services and products.

“Within the Wolfram Language we have a rich symbolic way to represent the world. And with connected devices we have a way to attach this representation to real things in the world. And to make the Wolfram Language become a complete language for the Internet of Things,” concludes the Wolfram Blog’s connected devices post. Starting with platforms like Intel Edison, Wolfram hopes to seamlessly integrate with as many kinds of devices as possible.

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