|| ||Don Anderson <don-AT-gumstix.com>|
|| ||robostix now available at gumstix.com|
|| ||Tue, 28 Jun 2005 16:14:45 -0700|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
gumstix announces robostix expansion board
designed in collaboration with robotics customers around the world
World's smallest Linux Computers drive high function, low cost
solution for robotics
Palo Alto, Calif., June 28, 2005 - gumstix, inc., maker of the
world's smallest full function miniature computers (FFMC), today
announced its robostix board, the company's first expansion board
specifically designed for robotics.
"The new robostix board meets so many of our design goals, and
perhaps dreams," said Professor Richard Vaughan of the Autonomy
(Robotics) Lab in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser
University (SFU) near Vancouver, Canada, "The overall robotics
solution from gumstix gives us complete freedom of movement and an
efficient design at such a low cost. We will be using the gumstix in
our design and testing of forty robots working together".
The Autonomy Lab at SFU has standardized on the gumstix connex
platform, robostix and cfstix (for WiFi). "These gumstix products
have reduced the size, power consumption and student programming time
while increasing the robot's mobility and our control," continued
Professor Vaughan. "Additionally, we are able to use, and make
available to everyone, our existing Player software on the gumstix".
Player is an open-source project for robotics interfacing.
In addition to signals from the gumstix motherboard, the robostix
expansion board exposes 6 PWM Channels (2x8 bit, 6 programmable), 8
A/D, 24 GPIO, 2 UART at logic levels and an in-system programming
port. The Atmega128 has 5V logic. robostix offers three power inputs:
V-RoboBatt, V_Power and V-Motor. The connectors use
industry-standard 0.1 inch spacing and, if wanted, the robostix board
connects to the 60-pin hirose connector available on the gumstix
basix and connex platforms. robostix may also be used stand-alone.
Designers seeking bluetooth wireless networking can use robostix with
either the basix platform or the connex platform now. For projects
seeking higher speed wireless connectivity, robostix and the gumstix
connex platform may be connected to the cfstix expansion board, which
offers a compact flash adapter that may be driven by a wide range of
WiFi compact flash cards.
The form factor of robostix is roughly the same as the waysmall
expansion board: 80 mm x 35 mm. The robostix expansion board costs
In an unprecedented move for hardware design companies, Gordon
Kruberg, Founder and CEO of gumstix, inc., published the development
schematic of the robostix board on the gumstix website. "We wanted
gumstix to meet the real challenges and needs of robotics designers,"
stated Kruberg. "Requesting direct feedback from our customers
ensured that our robotics solution was on the mark," he added.
The production robostix board was finalized after many design
iterations, each of which caused much debate and comparisons of
practical needs between customers, educators and the gumstix design
"One of my key goals in creating our whole company, and the gumstix
product line, was to make a difference in the robotics industry",
Kruberg shared. "We've had positive feedback for robostix to date and
can foresee achieving our goal".
gumstix develops and sells small, inexpensive, high performance, Full
Function Miniature Computers (FFMC). Built on an open source
platform, the award winning gumstix product line supports the growing
Linux devices market and offers motherboards, expansion boards and
waysmall computers. The company sells directly to commercial users,
designers, and open source enthusiasts in the embedded, wired and
wireless devices, and application-server markets.
Based near Palo Alto, California, gumstix is privately owned and
operated. For more information, visit http://www.gumstix.com
And of course, check the robostix schematics at:
About Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University, named after the explorer Simon Fraser,
opened in September 1965 on Burnaby Mountain, near Vancouver, BC,
Canada. In less than 40 years, SFU has gained an international
reputation for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, as
well as for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional
programs. SFU offers programs at the graduate and undergraduate level
to approximately 25,000 students.
The Autonomy Lab builds life-like machines. Their goal is to increase
the autonomy (i.e. self-direction and self-maintenance) of robots and
other machines. More information about the SFU Autonomy Lab may be
found at this link:
Don Anderson http://www.gumstix.com
Education & technical info: http://www.gumstix.com/support.html
to post comments)