Imp Card
Imp Card
Imp Card

Imp Card

electric-imp-teamElectric Imp is a startup that came out of hiding this week created by former members of the iPhone and Gmail development teams. Their product consists of a cloud service and a line of SD form factor pluggable cards that contain an ARM Cortex M3 SoC with embedded Wi-Fi.

Electric Imp is working with OEMs to get their module's built into a range of commercial products and the cards themselves are expected to ship starting in late June for $25. Three development kits will also be sold ranging from a basic $7 board that provides minimum support for the card (socket, ID chip, and a power supply) up to a $25 hobbyist board for getting a project online without any soldering requirements that includes a range of built-in sensors and outputs.

electric-impAdditional Notes:

  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi and integrated antenna
  • No physical interface - Device is configured via a smartphone app and the Imp's light sensor
  • WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption
  • When actively transmitting at maximum power, the peak current is around 250mA
  • Software that runs on the Imp is written in Squirrel, a C-like language, with extensions to communicate with the hardware interfaces and the service
  • The Imp software includes a standards compliant IP stack and TLS security

Learn more about the Imp at: or @electricimp

Additional Coverage: Verge. Engadget, FellowGeek, Mashable, Business Insider, PC World
Image Credits: Electric Imp