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Gumstix's latest COM runs TI's Sitara AM3359 processor

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gumstix? computers-on-module? single-board computer? embedded systems? Linux?

Linux computers-on-module(COM) for electronics manufacturer Gumstix has recently rolled out its new class of single-board computer products. Related to the popular Gumstix Overo line, Pepper uses the Sitara AM3359 ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments Incorporated and 512MB of DDR2 to provide Gigabit Ethernet in the form-factor of the popular Chestnut43 expansion board. By providing a standardised, Linux-driven platform, the company's latest COM serves as a powerful system for embedded development and experimentation.

"Pepper is Gumstix' first single-board computer for the embedded systems market," said Dr. W. Gordon Kruberg , president and CEO of Gumstix, Inc. "Built on the latest generation of TI's Sitara ARM processors, Pepper offers great value to all of our customers and provides a superior development environment. To an OEM, Pepper brings rapid, reliable prototyping at a fraction of the cost of competitors' products."

With TI's Sitara AM3359 processor at its core, Pepper is a powerful, complete and compact solution for embedded developers, offering many standard Gumstix hardware features, such as 512MB DDR2, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot, audio connectivity, a console port and two USB on-the-go ports.

Gumstix's Pepper also offers a 4.3 inch LCD touchscreen, expansion headers to accommodate applications such as I2C, SPI and UARTs, GPIO-controlled pushbuttons and LEDs as well as support for the Yocto Project build system.

"TI's ARM processor portfolio provides a powerful platform for Linux development and helps developers accelerate time to market," said Alejandro Erives , Design Network manager, Sitara ARM processors, Texas Instruments. "Because Gumstix' Pepper integrates TI's Sitara AM3359 ARM processor, Pepper users will benefit from a full-featured, high-performance processor and receive a user experience that is second to none."

Software development environment is standard across Gumstix processors. The Yocto Project build system makes it easy for developers to create a complete, portable solution with minimal time and effort.

Pepper retails for $249, which includes the screen, power supply, and bootable microSD media.

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