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

Required   Included in the Intel® Joule™ developer kit

Expansion Board for the Intel Joule Compute module

Required   Included in the Intel® Joule™ developer kit

A 12VDC power supply with a current capacity of at least 3 Amps


Required   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


Optional   This Micro USB cable is NOT 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 3D printable fan mounting block for reference fan Design provided under a Creative Commons license

Replacement Thermal Plate Adapter

As needed - 3D print your own replacement part

Create a Thermal Plate Adapter

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.
Integrated Fan-Heatsink assembly
Fan Mounting block for expansion board

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

Module Removal Tool

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 FTDI drivers


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 WinSCP


MIPI CSI Camera Modules with cables

Optional - required for MIPI CSI use cases

Purchase them here:



Requires an active cooling solution

Optional: Intel® RealSense™ Camera

Optional. Intel® RealSense™ ZR300 Development Kit.

Requires an active cooling solution


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: Note that the end user is responsible to obtain CMIIT ID for the end user devices to comply with the Chinese product regulatory requirement.

For warranty information, see:

Para obter informações mais completas sobre otimizações do compilador, consulte nosso aviso de otimização.