The Console Block is one of the simplest ways to power and communicate with an Intel® Edison. This is a minimal solution to get started using the Intel® Edison. This board can supply 4V and up to 1.5A of current to power the Edison passed through it’s VSYS line and any other expansion boards you may add to your stack. Utilizing the FTDI 231X, this creates a USB to serial bridge that is level shifted to the proper 1.8V required by the Edison.
If you are looking to add a little more stability to your Intel® Edison stack, check out this Hardware Pack. It will provide you with increased mechanical strength for stacking Blocks on your Edison!