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Design firm touts Gumstix Linux expertise

May 11, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

A three-person engineering company in County Dublin, Ireland is offering expansion board design services for a tiny, gumstick-shaped SBC (single-board computer). At 3.2 x 0.8 x 0.3 inches, Gumstix boards are among the smallest Linux-friendly SBC form-factors available.

Since the tiny Gumstix SBCs lack room for physical I/O ports, they plug into carrier boards and expansion cards via 24-, 60-, 92-, and/or 120-pin board-to-board connectors, depending on the model. Gumstix's off-the-shelf expansion cards include audio I/O, digital I/O, various microcontroller co-processors for robotics applications, and serial and USB expansion.

Where customer requirements are not met by off-the-shelf cards, Orlin can help out, according to spokesperson Richard Rooney. So far, the Irish design firm has developed several Gumstix-based SBCs and expansion boards, Rooney said, including:

  • A wearable SBC with GPS and Bluetooth
  • A datalogger expansion card for Connex 400 with GSM, GPRS, IMU, Bluetooth, Ethernet, 16 A/D and 4 D/A
  • A Geophone expansion for the Connex 400 using the AD1555/AD1556 chipset
  • A combined GPRS/WiFI expansion for the Connex 400

“We learned our trade at both US multi-nationals and indigenous high-tech companies in Ireland,” said Rooney. “Our interest and expertise is mainly in portable/wearable and communications; we have no robotics experience and little control experience.”

Rooney added, “We support the Gumstix Linux distribution, and also have [used Windows] CE on a couple of Gumstix-based designs.”


Waysmall system
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Orlin's EDA services for Gumstix products are available now. Available Gumstix models include the Basix and Connex, based on Intel PXA255 processors, and the newly launched Verdex, powered by a PXA270 (Bulverde) processor. Some board models are available with tiny cases, as Waysmall PCs (pictured at right).

Orlin Technology said its three-person engineering team has 60 years experience in EDA (electronics design automation).

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