• 07/14/2017
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Platform Setup

This section of the guide covers platform assembly and electromechanical connections required to perform basic tasks.
The following items are noted as required, or highly recommended, to have on-hand before beginning to assemble the development platform.
Material List
Item Description
Required or Optional
Manufacturer Reference
Intel® Joule™ 5xx series compute module
Included in the Intel® Joule™ developer kit
Expansion Board for the Intel Joule Compute module
Included in the Intel® Joule™ developer kit
A 12VDC power supply with a current capacity of at least 3 Amps
Use only a LPS listed or Class 2 adapter center positive barrel jack (5.5mm outer diameter, 2.1mm inner diameter with a barrel length of ~9-10mm).
Micro USB cable (Type B) - for serial communication
This Micro USB cable is
the cable that comes in-box with the development platform and must be bought separately
A female-to-male USB ethernet adapter and ethernet cable
Optional method to connect the development platform to a network using a wired connection.
An adapter with an RTL8xxx chipset is recommended.
Passive heatsink
Optional - required for workloads over 2 Watts
Advanced Thermal Solutions* under part number ATS1166-ND
Included in the Intel® Joule™ developer kit
Cooling fan for passive heatsink
Optional - requires mounting method
Sunon* fan, Model# MC30100V2-000U-A99
Cooling fan mounting block (for passive heatsink)
Optional - provides a method to secure fan to expansion board
Design provided under a Creative Commons license
Replacement Thermal Plate Adapter
As needed - 3D print your own replacement part
Files shared under a Creative Commons licence
Active cooling solution
Required for Imaging (MIPI CSI & Intel RealSense) use cases.    Optional for workloads under 4 Watts.
Multiple vendors have created solutions based on the Intel reference design. Always validate proper fit and attachment for your intended use case
USB Input Devices (HID Keyboard and Mouse)
Optional - highly recommended
Expansion board has a single Type A port; see USB HUB item below
Optional - a powered HUB is highly recommended
Use a powered USB hub to connect multiple devices to the expansion board
HDMI cable between expansion board and a display device
Optional for headless configurations, required if using a display device
Expansion board uses a MicroHDMI connector. See also HDMI Displays Tested with the Developer Kit.
Bluetooth HID devices
Optional - not recommended as primary input devices as services are not enabled at BIOS menu level.
Recommend to use only after device configuration is stabilized as product specific drivers may not be available during BIOS menus and within recovery modes
A Wi-Fi* network and internet connectivity
Recommended for file downloading
Recommend 2GHz or 5GHz A/B/N with open security for initial setup
USB Mass Storage device
Optional - USB3 devices are recommended, USB 2 is supported
Platform can be configured to boot to a live OS image on USB storage
SDCard and adapter for use with a workstation
Optional - minimum of 16GB
Platform can be configured to boot to a live OS image on SD Card
Replacement antennas
As needed - if the supplied antennas need to be replaced
See also Antenna Connector Detail for advice on attaching and removing antenna connections
Module Removal Tool
Optional - 3D print this handy tool for removing the Intel® Joule™ module from the expansion board
Design and files shared under a Creative Commons license
Workstation for development and debug
Required - to install BIOS and make OS install images on USB storage   Optional - a workstation will enable serial console communications with the developer kit and a way to push files, tools and package to the platform
Ubuntu* 16.04 LTS recommended. Windows* 10 acceptable.
Terminal emulator application for workstation
Recommended to communicate with platform and monitor pre-boot output
Putty for windows Picocom for Linux Screen for macOS*
FTDI Drivers
Required if using serial console on a Windows workstations
Archive / Compression software
Required to extract files from downloaded archives
7-ZIP, WinZip, WinRAR
SSH file transfer application
Optional - enable a method for workstation to push files to platform
MIPI CSI Camera Modules with cables
Optional - required for MIPI CSI use cases
Optional: Intel® RealSense™ Camera
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Protection
Observe proper Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) best practices to protect the module, development kit, and accessories. Best practices include keeping devices contained in protective bags and utilizing a grounded wrist strap when handling devices.
For regulatory information, see: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000022313.html. Note that the end user is responsible to obtain CMIIT ID for the end user devices to comply with the Chinese product regulatory requirement.

Product and Performance Information


Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at www.Intel.com/PerformanceIndex.