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.

New Geppetto features: round corners and downloading connections

April 27, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

What’s new with Geppetto this month?

Round corners

Ever since Geppetto was launched, you are limited to a rectangle or square board. Now, our team launched a new feature allowing you to have round corners for your board. To use it, just drag the hadnle at the lower left corner of the board or input the radius you want.

Download and Upload Connection data

If you have been using Geppetto, you would know how tedious it could be to connect a 20-pin or 40-pin header over and over again everytime you create a new design. You can now download the information on your connected header modules and upload it to the same module on a different design so you don’t have to connect it manually again.


What do you think of this two new features? We’re building more things in Geppetto to make designing and building electronic boards simple. Let us know what you think!

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.

Gumstix Expands Global Distribution with Mouser Electronics

April 23, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

We are happy to announce that Mouser Electronics is now an authorized distributor of Gumstix’s comprehensive portfolio of award-winning single board computers and embedded boards for the industrial, Internet of Things (IoT), smart home, medical, military, and automotive markets. Mouser.com, a global website available in multiple languages and currencies, ships globally to over 600,000 customers in 170 countries.

Mouser logo

Mouser Electronics’ dedication to new production introductions distinguishes them as a lead electronic component distributor. We look forward to being part of their award winning global network as a design and manufacturer partner.

W. Gordon Kruberg, M.D. Gumstix CEO

About Mouser

Mouser Electronics is a Berkshire Hathaway company. It is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on rapid New Product Introductions from its manufacturing partners for electronic design engineers and buyers. The global distributor’s website, Mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 5 million products from over 700 manufacturers. Mouser offers 22 support locations around the world to provide best-in- class customer service and ships globally to over 600,000 customers in 170 countries from its 750,000 sq. ft. state-of- the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas.

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.

New Geppetto Feature: Disconnect Widget

March 27, 2018 | Celine Marie Barrozo

Last month, we released three new features in Geppetto. This month our team is focused on making a Disconnect Widget.

What is it?

When using Geppetto, there will be times that a provider will not have enough capacity to satisfy the signal you need. Previously, you won’t know where things are connected so it’s a challenge to find what to disconnect to move forward with your design.

The disconnect widget will display all the connections of the signal you want to use.

How to use the Disconnect Widget?

Below is an example on where the Disconnect Widget is useful.

I have a Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE design open in Geppetto.


Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE design in Geppetto

I want to add WiFi capabilities on my board so I add a TI WiLink8 module. Then, we connect all the required signal. We will pick the signals with Tux (penguin) because those are the tested, verified, and recommended connections of our engineers so when it’s available be sure to use that one.

Required Signal Module Provider
1.8V Drag a 1.8V/0.6A Regulator and connect the signal
3.3V 3.3V of the 3.3V/1.5A Regulator
BT_ENABLE GPIO4 of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module Connector
SDIO SDIO1 of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module Connector
UART_4W Please see below
WLAN_ENABLE Please see below
WLAN_IRQ GPIO6 of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module Connector

UART_4W

As you can see, we want to connect UART_4W to UART0_4W of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module Connector but it’s unable to provide. Previously, you had to find where UART0_4W is connected to manually by checking all require signal and finding the right one.

Now, you just click the provider flag and the disconnect widget will appear. It will display all the connections of that signal and you can select which one you want to disconnect.

After you click Disconnect, click the UART_4W in the TI WiLink8 again and connect it to the now available UART0_4W.

Do the same for the WLAN_ENABLE.

Now my Gumstix Pi Conduit PoE design includes WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.


What do you think of this new feature? If you have any feedback or feature request, kindly send a message 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.