Coming soon: NVIDIA Jetson Nano in Geppetto

June 21, 2019 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Yes, you read it right. The team is working on adding NVIDIA Jetson Nano in Geppetto. Below is a preview of the module:

On top of that, they have designed in Geppetto an NVIDIA Jetson Nano development board you can start to customize as soon as it becomes available.

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.

u-blox ZED-F9P module now in Geppetto

June 6, 2019 | Celine Marie Barrozo

We are happy to announce the availability of u-blox ZED-F9P in Geppetto. You can now design a custom electronic board for your rovers, land-based vehicles project, Internet of Things (IoT) device, or anything that requires precise positioning.

It is also important to note that Aerial Vehicles usually have an unobstructed view of the sky so single frequency GNSS is usually acceptable. However, rovers and land-based vehicles have trees, bridges, building, over top of them so they frequently lose signal lock. The dual frequency of the ZED-F9P makes a huge difference in the speed of acquisition and precision.

u-blox ZED GNSS Receiver in Geppetto
u-blox ZED GNSS Receiver in Geppetto

GNSS Receiver Family

This new module adds to our GNSS Receiver offering which already includes support for the following module:

  • u-blox NEO-7P
  • u-blox NEO-M8T
  • u-blox NEO-M8P-2
  • u-blox NEO-M8P-0
u-blox NEO GNSS Receiver in Geppetto
u-blox NEO GNSS Receiver in Geppetto

Why use the ZED-F9P?

The ZED-F9P high precision module with multiband GNSS receiver provides multi-band RTK with fast convergence times, reliable performance and easy integration of RTK for fast time-to-market.

The u-blox ZED multi-band GNSS receiver with a SMA antenna connector enables the use of external, active antennas. This module provides precise navigation and automation of moving machinery in industrial and consumer grade products in a compact surface mounted form factor.

The ZED-F9P includes moving base support, allowing both base and rover to move while computing a centimeter-level accurate position between them.

Moving base is ideal for UAV applications where the UAV is programmed to follow its owner or to land on a moving platform. It is also well suited to attitude sensing applications where both base and rover modules are mounted on the same moving platform and the relative position is used to derive attitude information for the vehicle or tool.


Read ZED-F9P Review and Demo by rtikliexplorer

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.

How to create your custom header in Geppetto?

May 31, 2019 | Celine Marie Barrozo

This feature is in beta testing. We would like to hear to your comments or suggestions. Please send us a message via Chat on the app or send an email to support@gumstix.com.

What is a Custom Header?

This special Geppetto module is a custom (or customizable) header that allows you to decide what signal you want on each pin of the connector. These new modules are labeled “Custom” on the outline of the module in the Geppetto library.

How to use Custom Header?

Step 1. Find the Custom Header module

Look for the custom header module you want to use under the Header Category. Below are the different options current available. They are indicated with the word, “CUSTOM” on the module layout.

Custom Headers

Step 2. Drag the Custom Header module on the board.

Once a custom header is on the board, a window in the app will open to show you the available buses and signals which you can drag on to each pin.

Check the different signals available depending on how many pins is available. Example below is a 3-Pin Terminal Block VS 20-Pin Header:

3-Pin Terminal Block
20-Pin Header

Step 3. Select Buses and add Signals

Select Buses and Add Signals to each pin of the custom header
PRO TIP: Right-click on available pins to assign Ground

When you’re happy with the signals on each pin, click “Next Step”.

Step 4. Enter the name and describe your module.

Make sure your Module Name is useful and descriptive.

Custom Modules Name and Description
PRO TIP: There’s no way for you to edit or delete modules so be sure to name and design them based on your needs.

Step 5. Click “Create Module”.

There you go! Your custom header is now on your board.

Where to find your headers?

When you saved a custom header a new category will appear, Custom Modules. This will contain saved custom header that you own.

Custom Modules Category in the Geppetto Library

A couple things to note:

1. You can’t share your modules to other users.
2. You can add as many of your saved custom headers you need on the board.

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.

Gumstix boards support RPi CM3+

May 15, 2019 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last January, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the availability of Raspberry Pi compute module 3+ (CM3+).

Today, we’re happy to confirm and share with you that our entire suite of RPi compute module carrier boards have been tested working with the CM3+.

Gumstix Pi CM3+ Carrier Baords

Custom Carrier Board for RPi CM3+

Because all of our off-the-shelf boards are designed in Geppetto, you can copy the design and use it to jump start your own custom carrier board for the CM3+.

What’s new with the CM3+?

  • Broadcom BCM2837B0
  • On-board Flash memory variants (from lite to 32GB)
  • Improved thermal design
  • Long-term availability until at least 2026.
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.

Geppetto Community Designs

May 1, 2019 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Get inspiration and ideas from fellow designers.

When you save a design in Geppetto, it gives you the option to make it available to the public.

In the Community Design, we highlight publicly available designs by Geppetto users that can be a template for others.

Geppetto Community Designs

New Available Designs

After reviewing more than 200 designs, we have picked three that we think can be used by other users as a template for their projects.

  1. NVIDIA Jetson TX2 Full IO by Killian
  2. Console Server / Environmental Monitor by Brandon
  3. RPi Multi-Flasher by Celine

These are templates that you can copy and make changes to based on your requirements.

Geppetto Logo

View Community Designs

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.