Geppetto Limited Offer: 2 Designs for 1 Manufacturing Fee

September 10, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

We are giving you an opportunity to prototype 2 designs for 1 manufacturing fee.

Yes, that’s right, you can order 2 different designs for only $1999 and with the same lead time of 15 business days.

Why are we doing this?

Simple, we want to help you get to market as fast as possible. We know how expensive and time consuming it is to compare which COM or processor you want OR confirm which components meet your requirements exactly. We want to help YOU do these things better, faster.

Details:

  • Build 2 Geppetto boards for a single manufacturing fee of $1,999.00.
  • Designs must be ordered at same time in one order.
  • Each design requires a minimum order of five units.
  • Use the discount code Geppetto2for1 at checkout to activate the offer.
  • For a repeat order, standard setup fee will apply. See Geppetto Orders page.
  • Offer valid until December 31, 2018.

What are you waiting for? Start a free design today.

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I urge you to maximize this limited offer! This is our way of communicating to the world that Geppetto is not another online CAD tool. It’s MUCH more than that. Geppetto is here to make sure you get a custom board (not just PCB) you can work with in 15 business days.

Too good to be true? Read Bruce’s Story.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.

Customer Review: Geppetto Guarantees What Gets Delivered Works

August 29, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Why use Geppetto?

From a customer who used and loved it!
Geppetto has been serving customers since 2013. In that time, we’ve had many customers, but it’s a challenge for us to find one willing to share their story due to NDAs.

Without breaking any NDA, I interviewed Geppetto customer, Bruce R. Koball on his Geppetto experience.

About Bruce

Bruce is an independent engineering consultant based in Berkeley, California, specializing in embedded systems hardware and software. With more than 40 years of experience under his belt, Bruce was impressed with Geppetto!

Projects

He works on different kind of projects, often simultaneously. Right now, he is working on a cryptographic signing appliance based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3. Originally, he was planning to design the board from scratch with an estimated cost of $20,000 USD for engineering, a project timeline of 6-12 months, and at least two spins of the PCB.

Yes, it’s difficult, expensive, and it takes a long time to build a customized board.

Geppetto and Bruce

Bruce was searching for solutions that used the RPi CM3 board and he found Gumstix. He was looking at our off-the-shelf boards which are all designed in Geppetto and found the Geppetto app there. Below are things we asked him:

Design

You found Geppetto, what made you decide to contact us?

It’s an interesting approach and I wanted to learn more. I called customer support to see if Geppetto was real or smoke and mirrors. And, I am usually able to gauge vendors by how they interact with me.

What made you decide to use Geppetto?

After our call, I sent you a requirements list and that same day you sent back a preliminary design with a guarantee that what you delivered would work or Gumstix would fix it. It was too good to be true. I was ready to be impressed.

How was the experience of designing using Geppetto?

It was remarkably easy, especially with your support. It’s a building-blocks approach using modular functions that the designer selects from a library. Unlike using a traditional PCB CAD tool where one usually has to define every part of the circuit from scratch, Geppetto’s modules are complete functional circuits that are well characterized and ready to be inserted into a design; I am sure your engineers spent many hours building this library. All the designer has to do is define the functions required for the design, select them from the library, drag them onto the board, and satisfy the modules’ dependencies with a connect-the-dots interface.

Drag and drop modules to Geppetto board
Satisfy module dependency with a connect-the-dots interface

What are the things you want to change in Geppetto?

I’d like to see more modules in the library; things like networking components (ethernet switches, etc.), other I2C and SPI–based analog sensors, etc. Perhaps you could offer qualified engineers the ability to define their own functional modules; simple circuits like bit-banging logic functions or analog signal conditioning functions using an enhanced Geppetto interface, under NDA.

What was the deciding factor in choosing Geppetto for the project?

Your team answered as many questions as I had so that built confidence in the Gumstix/Geppetto system. But the key factor was the bottom line: the non-recurring engineering investment (NRE) and unit price for an assembled, tested board with a working Linux build was so low that it was worth a try, just as a proof-of-concept prototype, even if it didn’t work out for the finished product. Fortunately for us it yielded a finished working product for a fraction of our initial budget.

Deliver

After you placed an order and received your board, what was your initial impression of the quality and performance of the board bring up of the device?

It worked the first time I powered it up. I plugged in a keyboard, mouse, HDMI monitor, and microSD card with the system image, and it booted Raspbian Linux right up. I was writing and running code on it immediately. I connected the ethernet to my network and it worked. I tested the peripherals (I2C GPIO expander, RTC, RS232 port, codec) and they all worked. I was so impressed I almost fell over!

Were there any changes to project timeline and cost?

It changed from months to weeks and from an estimate of $20,000 to roughly $4,000 (NRE plus 10 working boards). It saved us time and money.

Before Geppetto After Geppetto
Estimate Cost $20,000 $4,000
Project Timeline 6-12 months 3 weeks
Number of PCB spin 2 1

Sharing Geppetto

Would you recommend Geppetto to customers, colleagues, and friends?

I already have! My engineering colleagues and friends were quite impressed when I told them the price point for an assembled, tested board, with a function Linux build. As I said earlier, it would be worth it simply as a proof-of-concept. The $2000 NRE cost is a bargain; a price point that most people would be more than comfortable with to get them to 75% to 100% of their project.

Why do you think people should use Geppetto?

If your collection of modules can solve their problem and meet their requirements, it’s a no brainer. Are you familiar with the phrase “shaving the yak”? It’s a metaphor for the seemingly endless series of small tasks that have to be completed before a project can move forward from one step to the next. Geppetto solves a lot of that for electrical engineers.


Start a Free Design

How do you recommend or explain Geppetto to others?

It’s a board design and manufacturing service using a browser-based CAD interface that allows customers to create a PCB using a “building-block” approach. The designer selects a set of predefined functional modules from an extensive library, satisfies each module’s dependencies by “connecting the dots,” then, after a minimal lead-time, receives assembled and tested units (with software!). It could not be simpler.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts and time with us Bruce. It was a delight working with you and we couldn’t be happier to help you and your customer save time and money with your Geppetto board.


If you’re looking for an embedded hardware and software consultant, be sure to let us know and we’ll happily refer you to Bruce.

Are you a Geppetto customer who wants to share your story with us? Send us an email at sales@gumstix.com with the subject: Geppetto Success Story.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.

Customize Robotics and Edge Computing with NVIDIA® Jetson™ in Geppetto!

July 25, 2018 | Karen Schultz

We added the most powerful COM connector in Geppetto to date with the NVIDIA® Jetson™ COM Connector. With this addition, you can now design a custom robotic or AI board and plug in either the NVIDIA Jetson TX1, TX2, or TX2i to your project.

NVIDIA Jetson in Geppetto

The NVIDIA Jetson COM Connector is available under the COM Connector shelf in Geppetto. You can create a design in minutes and add the modules available on the Geppetto library like 4 cameras, HDMI, among other things that will allow you to design your own robot, edge computing design, or anything you can think of.


NVIDIA Jetson COM Connector

Aerocore 2 for NVIDIA® Jetson™ designed in Geppetto

To showcase the super computing of the NVIDIA Jetson, we designed the AeroCore 2 for the NVIDIA® Jetson™.

These latest addition to the Aerocore 2 family and Geppetto will bring the NVIDIA Tegra’s 256 CUDA cores to a multitude of robotic designs, along with up to 4 HD camera modules, USB 3.0, LTE connectivity, and micro-HDMI. Perform on-board image recognition and deep learning in robotics or aerial design with the Aerocore 2 for NVIDIA® Jetson™ priced at $275.00.

AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson in Geppetto

The Gumstix Aerocore 2 product line, developed in Geppetto®, is a proven robotics design combining real-time autopilot firmware and high-level processing capabilities, employing an ARM Cortex M4 microcontroller with PX4 firmware, PWMs, serial buses, and GPS along with powerful Linux devices.

Customized in Geppetto

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.

Share designs in Geppetto

July 20, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

The most requested Geppetto feature is sharing and we’re happy to announce that you can (finally!) share designs with your colleagues! No more sharing of account passwords. Below is a quick guide on how to share designs in Geppetto.

How to share a design in Geppetto

1. Open the design and click on share on the toolbar. OR


Share button in toolbar

Go to the “My Account” tab, select a design and click share.


Share button in My Account

2. Add the name, email address, and a short message to the person you’re sharing the design with. Then, click Send Email. They will receive an email with your message a link to the design.


Share window

3. Your colleague will need to be login in Geppetto to be able to view your design. They will find it under the “Shared with Me” tab. When they open the design, it will be cloned to their workspace and they won’t be able to edit the design you own. Moreover, they will be able to download Autodoc and AutoBSP on your design.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, fully assembled boards (not just PCB) after 15 business days.

What’s new in Geppetto? Delete and Chat

June 30, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Every month the Geppetto development team works hard to release new features that our users are asking for and our engineers develop to improve the design to order process. What did we release this month? Delete and Chat functionalities in Geppetto.

Delete

We noticed that one user hsa more than 90 designs in Geppetto already. While each design is unique, what if they would like to delete a design. So our engineers created the Delete Design functionality. To delete a design, go to the My Account tab.

Delete Design

Select the design you want to delete and click Delete Design.

Delete Design Confirmation

NOTE: You will not be able to delete designs you already validated and that are available in the store.

Chat

We want to your design experience to be as simple and fast as possible. For instance support, we have added a Chat widget in Geppetto where you will be able to ask questions, provide feedback, or just talk to someone from Gumstix about what you have in mind.


New Visitor Chat

NOTE: Live chat is only available from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific Time). If you send us a message when we’re offline, we will still receive and respond either via email or in the chat. Our commitment is to respond to you, at most, the following business day.

Please keep in mind that our Customer Success team is located in our Research Center in Vancouver, Canada so they follow the non-working holiday of the region.


Open Chat App

Next Features

I am really excited about the things we’re currently testing for release next month and you’ll definitely hear about it! Do you have a feature in mind? Visit Geppetto and send us a chat or send an email to support@gumstix.com.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design — no electrical engineering required from you. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application. We will deliver your pre-tested, production-ready boards after 15 business days.