Assemble Mini Breakout Board

This page presents the steps to install the Intel® Edison compute module on the mini breakout board, plus connect micro USB cables.

Inside the Intel® Edison Breakout Board Kit Box

Contents of the Intel® Edison Breakout Board Kit retail box

1 Intel® Edison compute module
Refer to the Product Brief for the specs of the Intel® Edison compute module.

2 Mini breakout board
Refer to the Intel® Edison Breakout Board Hardware Guide (PDF) for specs.

3 Small hex nuts (x 2)
For securing the Intel® Edison compute module to the mini breakout board.

Additional Cables Required

Additional cables include two micro USB cables

4 Micro-B USB to Standard-B USB cables (x 2)
These common micro USB cables are used for data transfer and charging mobile phones and other consumer electronics. You will need two micro USB cables during initial development setup.

Install the Intel® Edison Compute Module

The Intel® Edison compute module is meant to be used with breakout boards or custom printed circuit boards. If you have the Intel® Edison Breakout Board Kit, you will need to secure the compute module to the mini breakout board before you can use it.

Animated gif: Installing the Intel® Edison compute module

  1. Locate the Intel® Edison compute module, mini breakout board, and two metal hex nuts.

    The Intel® Edison compute module, the mini breakout board, and two hex nuts laid out on a table

  2. Place the Intel® Edison compute module on the mini breakout board, lining up the holes on the Intel® Edison compute module with the screws on the breakout board.

    Placement of the Intel® Edison compute module on the mini breakout board

  3. Press down on the Intel® Edison compute module just below the words “What will you make?” until you feel a snap.

    Pressing down on the Intel® Edison compute module

    Make sure the compute module is seated properly.

    If you do not feel a snap, a loosely connected Intel® Edison compute module will produce unexpected behaviors.

    Examples of Intel® Edison compute module seated improperly and properly

  4. Use the two hex nuts to secure the module to the breakout board. Hand tighten the hex nuts onto the two screws that protrude through the board.

    Securing compute module with the supplied hex nuts

  5. Your mini breakout board should look like the photo below when the Intel® Edison compute module is installed.

    The Intel® Edison compute module installed

Connect the Intel® Edison board to your computer for development

While plugging in every cable is not required all the time, a cable setup for initial development purposes with the mini breakout board would look like the photo below:

A photographic cable diagram with numbered callouts

1 Device mode cable connected (details)
A micro-B USB cable is plugged into the bottom micro USB port, and the other end is plugged into your computer. This port is used for: 5V power, programming the Intel® Edison board using the Arduino IDE, reading/writing to the onboard flash memory from your computer like a disk drive, and/or using Ethernet over USB.

2 UART/serial cable connected (details)
A micro USB cable is plugged into the top micro USB port, and the other end is plugged into your computer. This port is used for shell access via serial communication.

Would you like to know more about the USB modes and ports on your breakout board?
Learn more in the Appendix: Connecting Cables page.

Power LED Indicator

A green LED (labeled DS1 on the mini breakout board) should light up and stay lit when the device mode 1 cable is connected.

A green LED lit up on the mini breakout board to the right of the Intel® Edison compute module

Troubleshooting

The green LED does not light up.
Check your device mode cable connection.

The green LED is turning on and off.
Your computer's USB port is not reliably supplying power to the board. Plug in your laptop’s AC adapter, or use a powered USB hub.


One sign that your board is fully initialized is when your computer mounts a new drive named "Edison", much like inserting a SD card into your computer.

A hard disk drive named 'Edison' highlighted in a Windows Explorer window

Next Steps

You should now have the Intel® Edison compute module installed, all the development cables connected, and the Intel® Edison board powered on. Continue to Step 2: Run Setup Tool.

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