Powerful Handheld Kits Now Support Smart Home, Automotive and Industrial Designs

September 10, 2015 | Uthra Krishnan

New Android/Linux Touchscreen Development Kits

We’re excited to announce two new Pepper Single Board Computers (SBC) based handheld kits. Both boards now support Android™ in addition to Yocto Project Linux®, providing engineers and designers everything needed to prototype with the world’s most popular operating systems.

Gumstix development kits have helped launch some of the world’s coolest products – from phones to drones – and can be found on commercial, university, and hobbyist workbenches in over 45 countries. The additional support for Android opens up our development kits to a wider designer base and a varied list of innovative, Gumstix-prototyped products.

Pepper Development Kit Features

Featuring wireless connectivity provided by Texas Instruments’ (TI) WiLink™ 8 combo-connectivity module (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth®), the Pepper handheld development kits are ideally suited for smart home, mobile display based, and other industrial and DIY applications.

The Pepper 43C Handheld Development Kit includes the Newhaven 4.3” Capacitive Multi-Touch LCD touchscreen that is ideal to applications requiring quick response time and multi-touch functionality.

Meanwhile, the Pepper 43R Handheld Development Kit includes the Newhaven 4.3” Resistive LCD touchscreen that is ideal for applications such as a handheld gaming console or applications requiring non-capacitive touch. (Read full release here)

We’d love to hear about what you do with our Pepper Handheld Development kits.

Extended Temperature Embedded Components

August 11, 2015 | Uthra Krishnan

Extended temperature requirements are found in a variety of mission critical applications. From military applications and industrial applications to applications in outer space, extended temperature means different things in different circumstances.

For example, embedded computer vendors can support temperature ranges such as 0 °C to +60 °C, -40° to 70°C or -20° to 70°C . Few vendors actually support the full range of -45 °C to +85 °C expected by the more rugged applications.

iceSTORM

Why is this important?

Semiconductors can experience a condition called thermal runaway when they operate in very high temperatures. The increase in temperature causes the semiconductor to release energy which further increases the temperature, ending in destructive results. On the opposite side of the spectrum, lower temperatures cause components to run less efficiently, creating errors such as timing errors and changes in values, among others, which ultimately impact computing reliability.

Read more about extended temperature components and Gumstix’ Overo IceSTORM on Embedded-Computing.com.

Robots descend on Albuquerque

June 30, 2015 | Karen Schultz

Each year students, educators, enthusiasts, and professionals from across the world gather at the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) to connect with peers, discuss STEM, technology-related ideas, and cheer on their favorite teams during two exciting autonomous robot tournaments. The GCER 2015 conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 7-11 and over 500 participants are expected to attend.

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Gumstix in Space

June 4, 2015 | Uthra Krishnan

NASA wants to turn CubeSats into the next planetary explorers and Gumstix can help do it. CubeSats are relatively inexpensive satellites that are low power, low weight, and small in size.

cubesat

The hope of the program is to send multiple CubeSats that could be deployed onto a planet’s surface at various locations. The sensors on board would then communicate back to the mother ship which would feed the information back to earth. The versatility of CubeSats allow for each satellite to be customized for the function it will serve and the terrain it will be deployed to.

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