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Gumstix Pi Conduit Gateway Board Leverages Raspberry Pi Compute Module, Off-the-Shelf LoRa and Cellular Modules

August 4th, 2017 No comments

Gumstix has designed Pi Conduit Gateway baseboard for both the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and RisingRF RHF0M301 LoRa gateway module, in order to create a Linux based LoRa gateway that can optionally support LTE or other cellular connectivity via NimbeLink Skywire cellular modem.

Conduit Pi LoRa Gateway board specifications:

  • 200-pin SO-DIMM connector for Raspberry Pi Compute Module / Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module (CM3 / CM3L)
  • Headers for RisingRF RHF0M301 LoRa Module
  • NimbeLink Skywire 2G/3G/4G cellular modem connector
  • Low profile 10/100M Ethernet jack (implemented via USB 2.0)
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for debugging via an FTDI USB to TTL chip
  • Misc – User (GPIO5) and reset buttons
  • Power Supply – 5V via power barrel

The board was designed using Geppetto, which means you should be able to customize it to your needs by modifying it the original design in a web browser, and order your brand new custom board from there.

Let’s have a closer look at the LoRa and LTE modules – pictured above – for the baseboard:

  • RisingRF RHF0M301 LoRa Gateway and Concentrator Module:
    • 10 channels (8 x Multi-SF + 1 x Standard LoRa + 1 x FSK) LoRa/LoRaWAN gateway or concentrator module.
    • RF input power – less than -13dBm
    • Frequency ranges (SKU dependent) – 430MHz ~ 437MHz; 470MHz ~ 490MHz; 779MHz ~ 787MHz; 859MHz ~ 870MHz; 900MHz ~ 930MHz
    • Host Interface – SPI
    • 24 pins DIP header
    • Operating voltage – <= 6V
    • Dimension – 40 x 63 mm
    • Temperature range – -40°C to +85°C
  • NimbeLink Skywire cellular modem modules:
    • 2x 10-pin headers
    • Several models for 2G CDMA, 2G GPRS, 3G EVDO, 3G HSPA+, LTE Cat 1/3/4, or LTE Cat M1
    • GPS supported on some models
    • Interfaces – XBee Standard, UART, and USB (on some models only)
    • Operating voltage – Depends on module (
    • Dimensions – 33 x 29 x 10.5 mm
    • Temperature range – -40°C to +85°C

Gumstix are known for their Overo modules based on Texas Instruments OMAP/Sitara processors, so they’ve also made an Overo Conduit Gateway using Overo modules instead of the Raspberry Pi SoMs, but only supporting RisingRF LoRa module, not the cellular ones. The video below gives an overview of the new Gumstix LoRa solutions and how to customize the board in Geppetto.

Pi Conduit Gateway board is sold for $84, but bear in mind that you need to add the price of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, RisingRF module, and optionally NimbeLink Skywire cellular mode. The Overo baseboard is quite cheaper, and also customizable at $59. Visit Gumstix LoRaWAN family page for the full details.

Gumstix Nodana 96BCE 96Boards Compatible Baseboard Takes Intel Joule Module

October 3rd, 2016 1 comment

96Boards is an initiative from Linaro, an engineering organization focusing on ARM development, to define some hardware and software specifications for development boards. But since 96Boards specifications are open, Gumstix decided to create the first x86 board compliant with 96Boards CE hardware specifications with Nodana 96BCE baseboard powered by Intel Joule Module. For obvious reasons, this will never be an officially supported platform.

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Nodana 96BCE board specifications:

  • SoM – Intel Joule Module based on Intel Atom T5700 or T5500 processor with up to 16GB storage, 4GB RAM.
  • External Storage – 1x micro SD card
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI port
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 type C port
  • Expansion Headers
    • 96Boards Low Speed connector with I2C, SPI and UART
    • 96Board High Speed connector with MIPI DSI and USB 2.0
  • Power Supply – 8 to 18 V (if it follows 96Boards CE specs)
  • Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm

Gumstix has not provided details about software support yet, but Intel Joule modules support Ostro OS, Ubuntu/Ubuntu Core (Snappy), and  Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core.

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Nodana 96BCE board will sell for $89 without Intel Joule module, for which the price has not been officially released, but for reference Intel Joule development kit sells for $370. Gumstix is also working on Radium 96BIE 96Boards IoT Edition board for Intel Curie module, that will go on sale for $75 again without Intel’s module. It’s unclear to me how x86 boards may really benefit from 96Boards form factor, since they can’t leverage software work made by Linaro, and the only advantage would be support for the few Mezzanine expansion boards available right now. We’ll have to see how this will all evolve.

Via HackerBoards

Intel Unveils Joule Compute Module and Devkit for IoT based on Atom T5500 & T5700 Processors

August 17th, 2016 8 comments

As the Intel Developer Forum 2016 is now taking place in San Francisco, Intel has unveiled the Joule Compute Module and development kit targeting IoT applications. The module is not for low cost and low power sensor nodes however, as it features a powerful quad core Atom processor running at 1.5+ GHz, so it more suited to IoT gateways, or other application requiring lots of processing power to handle sensor data.

Intel-JouleTwo models of the Joule module have been introduced:

  • Intel Joule 570x platform
    • SoC – Intel Atom T5700 64-bit quad-core processor @ 1.7 GHz / 2.4 GHz (Burst frequency) with Intel HD Graphics with 4K video capture and display
    • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • Storage – 16GB eMMC memory
    • Connectivity – 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1
    • Other interfaces –  USB 3.0, MPI CSI and DSI interfaces, and multiple GPIO, I2C, UART interfaces
  • Intel Joule 550x platform
    • SoC – Intel Atom T5500 64-bit quad-core processor @ 1.5 GHz with Intel HD Graphics with 4K video capture and display
    • System Memory – 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • Storage – 8GB eMMC memory
    • Connectivity – 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1
    • Other interfaces –  USB 3.0, MPI CSI and DSI interfaces, and multiple GPIO, I2C, UART interfaces

Both modules run Ostro Linux-based OS – built with the Yocto Project – tailored for IoT and smart devices, and support Intel RealSense cameras and libraries. Intel also mentions that “Developers can choose to develop on Ubuntu/Ubuntu Core (Snappy) or Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core”.

The modules are already used to develop several products and demos including PivotHead smart glasses used by Airbus for quality control, Vstone bartending robot featuring a RealSense camera to track a person’s face, Eyelights highway patrol motorcycle helmet display used to read license plates, Microsoft Bamboo robotic companion to help parents of children with diabetes, Canonical robots to demonstrate Ubuntu Core and the Robot Operating System (ROS), as well as Gumstix custom carrier boards for Joule Compute Module.


Intel will offer a developer kit for each version of the Joule module, but currently on Joule 570x developer kit can be purchased through partners such as Mouser and Newegg for $370, and Joule 550x devkit will be launched on Q4 2016.

Joule 570x devkit specifications:

  • Joule module based on Intel Atom T5700 processor with 4GB RAM (PoP), 16GB storage, 2x 100-pin connectors
  • Storage – micro SD slot
  • Video Output – micro HDMI port
  • USB – 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 type C OTG port
  • Camera – 2x 4-Lane MIPI CSI Connectors
  • Expansion – 2x 40 pin females header with 3.3V (5V tolerant) signals for I2S, digital microphone, PCIe, I2C, RTC, SPI, SDIO, UART, PWM, GPIOs, MIPI DSI…
  • Debugging – 1x micro USB port for serial console
  • Power – 12V via Power barrel
  • Dimensions – Joule module: 48 x 24mm

Beside the board and module, the kit includes a micro-SD card, a type-A to type-C micro USB cable, two Wi-Fi antennas, and a heatsink and fastener. The board will run Ostro OS with Linux 4.4 and application framework for Node.js, Python, and C/C++ applications. The “BIOS” will be an open source UEFI implementation. Software development tools include Intel XDK IoT Edition and Intel System Studio IoT Edition, Intel RealSense API support, and Intel IoT Developer Kit.

While you can get the devkit right now, Intel Joule 570x and 550x platforms will only become broadly available in Q4 2016 at an undisclosed price. They will be available is over 100 countries by the end of Q4 including the United States, Canada, Japan and most of Europe. More details can be found on Intel Joule IDF page.

Gumstix Announces Solution Kits for their CPU Modules and Boards

November 20th, 2013 2 comments

Gumstix has recently unveiled several solution kits featuring their Overo and DuoVero Computer-on-Modules (CoMs), Pepper single board computer, and several expansions boards, together with required accessories, and software packages, in order to help their customers getting started more easily. All these solutions are based on Texas Instruments OMAP3, OMAP4, and/or Sitara processors, and run Linux (Ubuntu or Yocto), and sometimes Android for the kits with displays.

Robotics Kit

Robotics Development Kit

The solutions kits target 6 different types of applications and/or markets:

  • Robotics
    • Robotic Development Kit (Pictured above) with one Overo AirSTORM CoM (OMAP3703), and RoboVero expansion board. The kit is better suited for motor control applications.
    • Mobile Robotic Development Kit with one Overo AirSTORM CoM, and Turtlecore expansion board to be used with iRobot Create.

    The kits ship with a Linaro (Ubuntu for Overo) system card and Robot Operating System (ROS) pre-installed.

  • Handhelds
    • 3.5″ Handheld Development Kit featuring Overo AirSTORM CoM with Alto35 cutomizable LCD touchscreen.
    • 4.3″ Handheld Development Kit with Pepper SBC and a 4.3″ LCD touchscreen

    Both kits provide Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, and Pepper SBC support Yocto Project Linux or Android , and the kit with the Overo CoM support Ubuntu, with Android coming soon.

  • Network Appliances (for IoT)
    • Barebones Wireless Appliance Development Kit with Overo AirSTORM CoM and Alcatraz Breakout board which provides access to 140 signals and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi.
    • Overo Network pack featuring Overo Water CoM and Tobi expansion board to provide DVI display, 10/100baseT Ethernet, USB Host, USB OTG, USB console and Stereo Audio.

    Both kits support Linux (Ubuntu or built with Yocto).

  • Digital Signage
    • Home Theater Demonstration Kit with DuoVero Zephyr CoM (OMAP4) and an HTPC expansion board to provide an HDMI connector. From the website, it’s not very is the micro SD card is pre-loaded with Yocto Linux, XBMC, or an XBMC image built with Yocto.
  • Remote Data Collection
    • Barebones Remote Data Collection Development Kit featuring Overo TidalSTORM CoM (OMAP3730) and PintoTH expansion board providing access to USB OTG, 3.3V supply and level shifters.
    • Overo EVM pack with Overo Fire CoM (OMAP3530), Chestnut43 expansion board (LCD Touchscreen, Ethernet, USB host and Stereo Audio), and a 4.3″ touchscreen LCD display.
    • Remote Data Collection Development Kit featuring Overo TidalSTORM CoM and Tobi expansion board.

    All 3 kits ship with an SD card pre-loaded with Ubuntu (Linaro)

  • Education
    • Overo Summit Pack featuring an Overo Earth CoM (OMAP3503), and Summit expansion board to provide DVI display, USB Host, USB OTG, USB console and Stereo Audio. This kit apparently ships with 2GB? micro SD pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linaro. I’m not quite sure how it relates to education more than the other kits.
Overo EVM Pack, One of the Remote Data Collection Kits.

Overo EVM Pack, One of the Remote Data Collection Kits.

I’ve only listed the main parts of the kits. i.e. CoM, expansion board, and display if any,  but all kits also come with power adapters, a bootable microSD or SD card and relevant cables. More kits will be added over time.

The kits are available now for prices ranging from $189 to $422. More information is available on Gumstix’s Development Kits page.

Gumstix Alto35 Customizable Touchscreen Board

June 1st, 2013 No comments

A few months ago, Gumstix introduced Geppeto, a web platform that allows you to design and order your own baseboard for Gumstix Overo systems-on-module within minutes. The company has just announced Alto35, an expansion board built entirely with Geppetto. The Alto35 replaces Palo35 Overo-series expansion board with the same features, but adding the possibility of customizing the board via Geppetto.

Gumstix Alto35

Alto35 with Overo Module

Alto34 expansions board features the following:

  • 3.5″ LCD resistive touch screen
  • Stereo audio in/out jacks
  • 3D accelerometer (STMicro LIS33DE)
  • RC servo
  • USB – 2x USB mini-B ports, including console port (FT232RQ USB UART)
  • LEDs in 4 different colors, 2 tactile switches.
  • 2×70-pin AVX Headers compatible with Overo COMs.
  • Power – 3.5V-5V

All Overo computers-on-module are compatible with Alto35 board, so you can just use existing software solutions such as Linaro Ubuntu, Robot Operating System, and the Yocto Project.

3D Rendering of Alto35 board in Geppeto

3D Rendering of Alto35 board in Geppeto

Alto35 is available for $89 including the display (not the Overo module), but what makes it interesting is that you can just clone the design in your web browser (preferably Chrome), modify it to your own liking, save and order. Within 3 to 4 weeks, you should get your own custom board delivered to your door. There’s a $1,999 setup fee on top of the board price ($71.43 without display), so this is only interesting if you plan to order several boards. Geppetto licensing allows you to keep your design private, but you can also opt to release it to the Geppetto community.

Gumstix Unveils $249 Pepper Single Board Computer Powered by TI Sitara AM3359

March 22nd, 2013 No comments

Gumstix has just announced a new single board computer for Linux embedded development and experimentation.  Pepper is powered by Texas Instruments Sitara AM3359 Cortex A8 processor, and comes with 512MB DDR2, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.3″ LCD touchscreen and more.


Gumstix Pepper Key features:

  • Processor – Texas Instruments Sitara AM3359 Cortex A8 processor up to 720 MHz
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR2
  • Storage – microSD card slot (No flash)
  • Connectivity:
    • Wifi – 802.11 b/g/n
    • 10/100/1000M Ethernet
    • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display – Samsung 4.3″ LCD resistive touchscreen (480 x 272)
  • USB – 2x USB OTG connectors
  • Expansion headers – For I2C, SPI and UARTs
  • GPIO-controlled push buttons and LEDs
  • Sensors – 3D Accelerometer (ST LIS33DE)
  • Power – 5V

Since there’s no flash, a microSD is used to boot the board. Gumstix provides a Linux distribution built with the Yocto Project which you” eventually be able to download here (the page is pretty empty right now). Documentation for the board is limited at the moment, but will eventually show up on Gumstix’s Pepper page.

Pepper package costs $249, and includes the Pepper SBC, a 4.3″ TFT LCD with 4-wire resistive touch screen, a 5V US power adapter, and a 8GB microSD preloaded with Linux (Yocto build).

Via Linux Gizmos

Gumstix Introduces Geppetto Web Platform to Design Custom Embedded Boards

February 15th, 2013 No comments

Gumstix, the company behind the Overo computers-on-module (COMs), has recently announced an online platform called Geppetto that allows anybody with a proper web browser (e.g. Chrome or Firefox) to design and order a complete baseboard for the Overo COMs. You don’t need to know anything about schematics, PCB layout, or other lecrtical engineering knowledges. The program lets you set the board size, add modules (e.g. USB, HDMI, Ethernet…) as you wish, tells you which connections are required, and once the board is done, you can see your 3D rendered board. You can then save it to the cloud with an option to share it with the community, and you can just order it. The learning curve is very short, and once you know how to use it, it probably takes around 10 minutes to design a complete board.

Geppetto User Interface

Geppetto User Interface (Click to Enlarge)

Your fearless CNXSoft had to give it a try… First, point your browser to, preferably in Chrome (or so they say), but I did it in Firefox, and It worked just fine until I tried to save… So, yeah, do it in Chrome… You should then see the user interface as shown below with the green modules in the middle, and an easy to follow 10-step tutorial should show up.

On the left side you can select diverse modules. Let’s start with the “Processors” selection  where you can select Overo COMs connectors (and nothing else). Drag and drop that into your board, and adjust the size of the board as you see fit. At the top left of the screen, you’ll find several buttons to load and save designs, set the connections, draw the dimensions, view your design in 3D, display the total price, and more…

You can click on the processor module to see the required connection (3.3V), you click on 3.3V and it will show the list of compatible part on the left menu. Pick one up, add it to the board, and click on 3.3V on both the Overo COM connectors and the 3.3V switch. I carried on a added HDMI and Ethernet modules, the software told me to add 1.8V LDO and 5V (connector), so I just did this, checked the connections for all modules to have all components set to green color (which means connections are OK), and I clicked on 3D view icon to see my piece of art. You may also find a few more designs (5 for now) in the Community tab.

Gumstix Geppetto 3D View

After logging to the system with my OpenID, I could save it. Clicking on the $ icon showed it would cost $1999 setup fee, and $52.38 per unit (for 1 to 59 units order) to get my custom board. If you are ready to process click on the Gumstix icon (Product Page), you’ll be asked to provide your email address (you’ll need to register with your email if you haven’t done so previously), and in theory, it will generate a product page so that you can order the board. In practice, this last step did not work for me, even in Chrome, and it just looped asking for my email, and asking to wait, asking for email, etc… Oups… I had a typo in my email address… Gumstix fixed it for me, so I could generate my product page, and it looks awesome.

CNXSoft Geppetto Board

It’s really very easy to use, and once you are use to the software, you can go from design to ordering within 10 minutes. Michael Questo, Embedded Processing Field Applications at Texas Instruments Incorporated, summarizes the process very well: “The platform makes PCB design as easy as playing Sim City.”

Gumstix Waysmall Silverlode Linaro Ubuntu Computer based on TI Sitara AM3703

August 1st, 2012 3 comments

Gumstix has just announced the Waysmall Silverlode computer, a small form factor device running Linaro ARM optimized Ubuntu and designed for developers of commercial and industrial applications such as digital signage players and remote servers. It’s based on Overo EarthSTORM Computer-on-Module (Texas Instruments Sitara AM3703 @ 1 GHz, 512MB Flash and 512MB RAM) and consumes less than 2.5 W.

Gumstix Waysmall Silverlode

Here are the specs of the device:

Processor Texas Instruments Sitara AM3703 processor (ARM Cortex-A8 ) @ 1 GHz
800 MHz is recommended for reliable performance
System Memory 512 MB RAM
Storage 512 MB NAND flash
microSD card slot
Video Output HDMI (DVI-D)
Audio I/O Stereo Audio In /Out jacks
Connectivity 10/100Mb Ethernet
USB USB Host, USB OTG and USB Console
Connectors 2 x 70-pin AVX connectors
1 x 27-pin Hirose camera connector
Battery holder for 6mm rechargeable coin
Dimensions 11.0 x 4 .4 x 1.8 cm
Power 5V

The computer ships with a 5V power supply, HDMI-to-DVI cable, USB OTG cable and an 8GB microSD card for booting to Ubuntu.

You can watch the video below to see a presentation of the device as well as a demo showing its capabilities.

I could not find the software directly on Waysmall Silverlode page. I did find some outdated instructions to use Gumstix CoMs with Linaro, but the gumstix hardware packs are not made available publicly anymore (or I could not find it). I’m sure those will eventually be made available on Gumstix website.

The Waysmall Silverlode computer is available online for $199.00.