Gumstix Adds Six Raspberry Development Boards

November 11, 2020 Rich Nass

You know Gumstix. They’re the company that makes prototyping very easy. You go into their front-end tool, define the features and specs that you need, and before you know it, you have a prototype waiting for you. It may not be quite that simple, but it’s pretty close.

The company has been doing a good job keeping its library up to date with the latest hardware. To that end, they just released the Gumstix Raspberry Pi CM4 Development Series, which supports the newly released Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4). As a CM4 development partner, Gumstix has created a series of CM4 carrier boards to support a wide selection of embedded applications that require varying levels of compute power.

All Gumstix Raspberry Pi CM4 embedded boards were designed and built in the drag and drop Geppetto design tool and their design templates can be quickly modified from any browser. Users can preview a 3D view and instantly download free CAD files and a schematic of saved designs.

Such applications for the Raspberry Pi CM4 embedded boards include:

●      NAS server with fast mass storage via NVMe and Gigabit UL/DL speeds

●      Media Centers - HDMI, mass storage, WiFi & Gigabit

●      Edge AI - multi-camera, gigabit & Wifi AP, sensors via Pi header

●      Smart home management - Touch display controls, facial recognition & occupancy, Data logging and behavior prediction modeling, CM4 Wifi access point, sensors via Pi header

Specifically, Gumstix offers the Raspberry Pi CM4 development board, which lets users develop production-grade embedded hardware. It is aimed at applications like robotics, AI at the Edge, and advanced industrial automation supporting PCIe to Gigabit Ethernet to dual CSI2 cameras.

Next is the Raspberry Pi CM4 Uprev CM4 to CM3 adapter board. Essentialy, it allows the Raspberry Pi CM4 COM to be used on existing CM3 boards and is also backward compatible for CM4 designs. The CM4's GPIOs, communications signals, and power pins are re-routed onto a SODIMM edge connection to match the pin-out of the CM3.

The Raspberry Pi CM4 UprevAI is a CM4 to CM3 Adapter board and adds Coral from Google. This board replaces the CM3 compute module on compatible carrier boards, adding a CM4 connector and Coral from Google TPU chip as well as accelerated TensorFlow processing to your existing custom design.

The Raspberry Pi CM4 Robo is a small robotic breakout board that’s designed for small autonomous vehicles. It’s designed in a slim, computer vision-capable multimedia platform

The dual Raspberry Pi Camera connectors can provide either stereoscopic depth mapping for object avoidance or front- and back-facing cameras for feature identification or manual control.

Raspberry Pi CM4 PoE smart camera, which is powered, obviously, by power-over-Ethernet. It offers low latency and single-cable deployment and adds Google's Coral AI accelerator chip. The result is fast and powerful image classification, object identification, or behavioral inferencing with low latency.

Finally, the Raspberry Pi CM4+FMUv6 Autopilot is one of the first boards conforming to Pixhawk's v6 specifications for Flight Management Units (FMUs). It includes on-board sensor bank, standard Pixhawk data and power connectors, octal PWM outputs, and firmware support, as well as single-connection programming and debugging.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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