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.

What are the quality assurance steps a Geppetto board goes through?

June 27, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last month, I clarified that all Geppetto boards are shipped fully functional and pre-tested. Our Geppetto customers responded that we should emphasize the benefit of ordering a pre-tested Geppetto board.

So, here are the 4 steps of rigorous quality assurance your Geppetto board goes through before we ship it to you.

In Geppetto

The first step to ensuring that your board works is to connect required buses to Tux-approved signals. The Tux-approved signals are confirmed and verified to be working by Gumstix engineers so it is best to connect to it when it’s available.

Tux Approved

Geppetto Design Review

Next, when you click the Validate button Geppetto reviews your board based on best practices.


Design review in Geppetto

Engineer Review

After you placed a Geppetto order, Gumstix engineers review your design and completes it. If our engineers find something on your design that will cause it not to work, we will let you know and we usually propose a solution or ask you how you want it handled.

Then, your board is off to assembly.

Automated Board Test

Once the assembly of your board is complete (again, we buy the components and assemble your fully functional board), then we have an automated test in place that our contract manufacturer can do. What do we test? Below are some examples:

  1. First and foremost, we test that your board boots and that we can login into it.
  2. We will probe on-board peripherals and confirm that the drivers have been loaded.
  3. We do a full functionality test for Ethernet, USB, camera, display, etc. depending on what’s in your board.

This automated test is run by our contract manufacturer so a quality assurance engineer will be watching as all your boards are being tested.


Is there anything you want to learn about Geppetto? Let us know by sending an email to support@gumstix.com.

How to request a module not yet in Geppetto?

June 14, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last week, I wrote about the biggest misconception about Geppetto. Today, I want to answer the most frequently asked question of Geppetto users. Is it possible to add a specific module in Geppetto?

Can we add a module not yet in Geppetto?

Absolutely. We are always adding new modules and components in Geppetto.

I want this part number – can you add it in Geppetto?

That’s an excellent question, we can probably add it BUT we need you to do a few things.

  1. Signup for a Geppetto account. This will show that you have tried playing around with the tool and understood what it is.
  2. Create and save a design as close to what you need as possible.
  3. Send us an email at support@gumstix.com with the design title and list of modules or customization you need. It will always be good to include what’s the purpose of your board so our engineers can make better recommendations and feedback.

Is it free?

Not always. Our engineer will review your design and list of requested modules and customization. Then, we will let you know if we could add it for free or how many engineering hours we would charge for the request.

How long will it take you to add it?

Depending on the complexity of the module, it could be within the day or week. Usually, we prioritize requests from Geppetto users ready to buy a board.


Do you have any burning questions about Geppetto? Please send us an email at support@gumstix.com

Geppetto delivers a populated finished board – not just a PCB!

May 31, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about Geppetto. The biggest one is that it delivers just a PCB. Let me clarify it in this post.

What do you get from Geppetto?

A populated, finished, and completely functioning board

(we buy the components and assemble it).

What do you get before you buy?

  1. Complete documentation (click Autodoc).
  2. Operating system (Raspbian and Yocto support).
  3. Custom Board Support Package (BSP) specific to your design, including Arduino support (click AutoBSP).
  4. Pricing
  5. Pin mapping after you make the connection (right click a module and select Connections)
  6. STL file for 3D rendering (click 3D View).

What really happens after you buy?

What happens after you place an order in Geppetto?

  1. Our engineers will complete and review your design. If there are any concerns or clarification, our customer success team member will be in touch with you.
  2. We will order the PCB and buy all the components needed to build your board (from the capacitors, resistors, connectors, and processors).
  3. We have a contracted manufacturer who will assemble the board based in California, USA.
  4. We will even test it to make sure that all peripherals work.
  5. In 15 business days, you will receive a pre-tested, populated finished board (not just PCB).

Do you have any questions about Geppetto?

Send an email to support@gumstix.com and we would be happy to answer all of them.

New Chatterbox with 5G for Raspberry Pi

May 16, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last quarter, we released the Gumstix Chatterbox for Raspberry Pi Compute Module. It follows the Amazon AVS functional design guide which allows you to build your own home assistant app powered by Alexa.

New Version

Today, we are happy to release Gumstix Chatterbox W5G for Raspberry Pi® Compute. This board has an improved WiFi/Bluetooth® module providing the increased bandwidth of 5 GHz 802.11b/g/n over the previous 2.4 GHz model, as well as Bluetooth® 4.2 and BLE.

Gumstix Chatterbox W5G for Raspberry Pi Compute

Both boards are designed in Geppetto.

Add 5 GHz on your custom Raspberry Pi board

Using Geppetto, you can now select 5 GHz capabilities to our TI WiLink8 module! To do that, select the TI WiLink8 module, click WiFi in the provide flags and select the 2.4 & 5.0 GHz MIMO.


Add 5 GHz wireless capabilities to your Raspberry Pi board with Geppetto!

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.