miniNodes: 5-Node RPi CM3 carrier board designed in Geppetto

February 7, 2019 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last year, we wrote a post about MiniNodes. Last month, they announced on Twitter the 2nd revision of their board. Both revision has been designed in Geppetto and reviewed and tested by Gumstix engineers.


What’s new?

MiniNodes revision 2 includes a serial header for each node, individual on/off switch, and LED power indicator for each slot. The first prototype didn’t have those.

Design Your Own

If you have ideas and want to see it in 3D View or get a price for a possible custom board you have in mind, feel free to give Geppetto a try.

Then, when you’re ready to manufacture the board, you can make a purchase and we will ship fully-assembled board in 3 weeks.

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 board out in the ocean

December 14, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last January, we worked with Toby Schneider on a Geppetto board. Today, he sent us an update that the board is successfully running off shore of California, allowing a novel progressive imagery transmission of ocean microorganisms back to a shore-based operator.

Image of Geppetto board
Innovation Card: GobySoft Progressive Imagery Payload

This project is a display of what is possible with Geppetto. If you want to learn more about the project, tools, and software the board is using, please read the write-up he prepared available at Github.


Try Geppetto today. It’s free to do so anyway.

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.

AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson in action!

September 14, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

On a beautiful summer day in Canada (where our Research Center is located), our engineer, Andrew Smith, decided to demo the AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson in the field. This board has our Caspa HD Camera and is running Tensor Flow for object detection and recognition.

Watch it in action




See it in the lab

On top of our own testing, the AeroCore 2 for NVIDIA Jetson was tested by Technology Editor of Electronic Design, William Wong.

“The Gumstix carrier board is designed for drones and robots but it can be used for other applications where bringing the compute power of the Jetson TX1 or TX2 to bear can be invaluable. This nice thing about the Jetson is that the applications that ran on the development board work well with the Gumstix platform.”

– William Wong, Technology Editor at Electronic Design

miniNodes: Low Cost, High Efficiency ARM Dedicated Microservers

April 10, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Because of Geppetto, we receive a lot of emails from innovators, engineers, and consultants who are looking to build a prototype with minimal investment and in short amount of time. This is how we met David Tischeler, co-founder of miniNodes.

David Tischler photo

miniNodes are tiny dedicated servers that run Linux on ARM processors. They built a prototype using 5 Raspberry Pi COM Connectors in one board with the use of Geppetto.

miniNodes with Geppetto

Geppetto miniNode board

According to David, “The new miniNodes Cluster Board consists of 5 Raspberry Pi CoM slots to hold the Pi Compute Modules, with a gigabit Ethernet switch built right in, all conveniently laid out on a small PCB with a single power input and Ethernet port. This design will certainly save space and cabling mess but will also allow us to build automation into our sales and provisioning process.”

Learn more about it on this article from Arm Community blog.

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.

Stepper Motor, LoRa, PoE, and Yocto are here for Raspberry Pi and RPi Compute

October 5, 2017 | Celine Marie Barrozo

New stepper motor, breakout, and LoRa Gateway with PoE expansion boards for the Raspberry Pi and RPi Compute module available at Gumstix.

In addition, Gumstix engineers have released a custom Yocto Linux build for Raspberry Pi.

8 Gumstix Pi boards.

Gumstix Pi Stepper HAT

The Gumstix Pi Stepper HAT is an expansion board for your chosen Raspberry Pi product. This board includes a stepper motor driver usually used on printers, scanners, video security cameras, projectors, and other automated equipment.

Gumstix Pi Stepper HAT image

Moreover, with a 1.8°/stepper motor, the Gumstix Pi Stepper HAT can divide a full 360° rotation into 6400 distinct positions for surgically precise motion control. With variable torque and decay rates, as well as adaptive blanking, this stepper motor driver is a versatile robotics component.

Now available in our store for $35.00.

Gumstix Pi Newgate

The Gumstix Pi Newgate is a breakout board that exposes every feature of the RPi Compute Module and Compute Module 3. This is ideal for anyone looking to easily monitor digital, analog, and differential signals via 0.1″-pitch pins.

Gumstix Pi Newgate image

Additionally, the headers on each side of the board provide 3 terminals for each pin of the 200-pin SODIMM connector. While the USB-microB connector provides a UART console connection.

The Newgate is available in our store for $85.00

Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE

The Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE is an expansion board which adds versatility of Power over Ethernet (PoE) to your LoRa gateway. With the addition of PoE, this board allows you to deploy anywhere your network can go without the installation of A/C power outlets.

Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE image

Ultimately, the Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE is a single-cable LoRa gateway solution with a blazing fast Gigabit ethernet connection.

This Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE is now available in our store for $150.00

New Geppetto PoE Module:

Two Power over Ethernet (PoE) modules are now available in Geppetto. The Gigabit With PoE module delivers Gigabit speed to supporting modules while the Gigabit with PoE via USB module provides 10/100/1000 Ethernet using a USB to Ethernet controller chip to your processor of choice. These modules can be used to build custom PoE-powered boards for Raspberry Pi or any of the processors and COMs in the Geppetto library.
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Yocto Linux for RPi

Gumstix now provides custom Yocto Linux disk images (Morty), curated to provide complete support for Gumstix Pi HATs and Compute Module carrier boards. Drivers for modules found in the Geppetto module library, helpful scripts and apps from our engineers, and systemd services for compatible hardware are incorporated. Moreover, Gumstix’s Smart repository provides a wide variety of RPM packages for easy installation. 

Gumstix support also means embedded systems are no longer constrained by Raspbian.  The Gumstix Yocto build for Raspberry Pi ensures that the latest drivers, apps and kernel features are at a developer’s fingertips in a fast, lightweight, and developer-friendly OS. Additionally, developers can tune the operating system footprint using the familiar and popular Yocto build system. Finally, the Gumstix Yocto Linux downloads are available on applicable product pages under the software tab.


Customize for your needs

All three boards are designed in Geppetto where you can clone it and add customization you need to each board.

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom board 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.

Finally, we will deliver your pre-tested, production-ready boards in 15 business days.