Gumstix Launches AeroCore 2 Platform and Geppetto Version 2 Software

By Caroline Rees / 07 Jan 2015
AeroCore 2 MAV Control Board

Gumstix’s AeroCore 2 MAV Control Board

Gumstix, Inc., a provider of Linux® computers-on-module (COMs) for electronics manufacturers, has announced Geppetto 2.0, the most advanced version of Gumstix’ online build-to-order tool. Geppetto 2.0 introduces Tux-Approved recommended mappings for buses, ensuring optimal compatibility between customer-created hardware and standard Linux images. In addition, 2.0 offers an expanded module selection, improved dimensioning, faster UI, and video tutorials. As part of this announcement, the Geppetto-designed AeroCoreTM 2 MAV Control Board (compatible with OveroTM COMs) and the Geppetto-designed PepperTM DVI-D single-board computer (SBC) are now available.

“We have been excited to see the evolution of Geppetto, as it has clearly benefitted our customer base. With 2.0, we have seen superior benefits to customizing and building Gumstix’ own boards,” said Gordon Kruberg, President and CEO of Gumstix. “This breadth of capability exemplifies the utility of the product and the benefits of designing and building a board, then ultimately saving costs by having it delivered in a short amount of time.”

With affordable per-unit costs, Geppetto offers electronics designers an inexpensive way to reduce time-to-market and design costs for their custom embedded systems.

Designed to power intelligent, next-generation micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs), the Geppetto-designed AeroCore 2 (compatible with Gumstix’ Overo COMs) offers enhanced flexibility compared to its predecessor. The AeroCore 2 gives MAV developers greater selection in finding a computing solution tailored to their needs, adding CAM, Spektrum RC and GPS interfaces to the ARM Cortex-M4 powered board. The AeroCore 2 has also offloaded GPS functionality onto a separate module using an industry-standard connector, thus enhancing functional modularity and choice while reducing cost.

The Geppetto-designed Pepper DVI-D SBC is a powerful, complete and compact solution for embedded developers interested in Cortex A8 ARM processors. Featuring the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3354 processor, the Pepper DVI-D offers high-definition video output, 512 MB RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, audio connectivity, a console port and two USB On-The-Go ports.

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