Intel, after having acquired the German Asctec, having invested in e-volo, in Yuneec, in PrecisionHawk and in Airware, has finally announced the drone Aero and the flying motherboard Aero Compute Board.
Aero is a small quadcopter governed by the Aero Compute Board flight control. It is equipped with obstacle recognition and avoidance technology RealSense and works with open source software PX4 Dronecode. It also supports avionics for low-altitude flights. It will be available for the market in late 2016.
Its motherboard, the Aero Compute Board, is high performance: it features a 64bit X86 quad core Atom x7-z8700 that can run at a clock of 2.4 Ghz.
It has 2MB of cache, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of Flash, integrated WI-FI, microSD slot, USB keyboard or mouse connectors, HDMI output, M.2 interface for PCIe SSD and much more. It works with LINUX, precisely with Yocto. Not bad! A complete kit to build a drone at home will also be available soon, with carbon frame, rotors, remote control and battery.