Symmetry Electronics today announced it is currently shipping the recently introduced Gizmo Explorer Kits developed by GizmoSphere. The kit's main feature is the Gizmo board -- a palm sized low-cost board able to run a variety of operating systems including Android, Linux, RTOSes and Windows intended for x86-based embedded system development. Gizmo was designed by GizmoSphere, a not-for-profit organization whose collective goal is to drive and enable technology projects focused on innovation around multicore heterogeneous computing using APUs.
Gizmo consists of a dual-core AMD G-T40E G-Series embedded APU that runs 1GHz and contains an AMD Radeon HD 6250 GPU at 280Mhz. Power for the 4-inch x 4-inch Gizmo board is rated at sub-10W, but what really sets the Gizmo Explorer Kit apart from similar platforms are the features. The Gizmo board can run 1920x1080 graphics and includes a 16-pin VGA output (HDMI available through the high-speed connector), 10/100 Ethernet, SATA Port and 1GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1066Mhz. The many connectivity options, OpenCL capabilities along with dual-core APU, AMD hardware decode engine and 1GB of DDR3 memory combine to make up a much more robust and powerful unit able to handle tasks far more complex than alternative open source development platforms.
"GizmoSphere strives to serve a diverse and growing embedded development community," said Scott Hoot, President of Sage Electronic Engineering and key member of the GizmoSphere team. "Developers ready to take advantage of a high-performance, full I/O featured x86 development board that comes with sophisticated development tools and support for leading operating systems will find tremendous value in Gizmo and the GizmoSphere community."
The Gizmo board is part of the Gizmo Explorer Kit which includes the following:
1x Explorer "Companion Board" -- an expansion card that plugs into the Gizmo's low speed interface and offers an LCD micro-display, DC motor and stepper motor capabilities, a GPIO header for alphanumeric keypad attachment, and a prototyping area
1x Sage SmartProbe® JTAG development tool for low-level debugging (comes with 20 hours of operating time)
30-day trial of the Sage EDK Graphical Interface
Ethernet and USB cables
The ideal open source development platform for hobbyists, tinkerers, inventors and students, the Gizmo Explorer Kit is also the right choice for commercial development. Gizmo is a high-performance, full I/O-featured x86 development board with advanced serial and parallel capabilities, ideal for the development of a broad range of embedded designs such as xSTB, IP-TV, thin client, kiosk, POS, casino gaming, media servers and industrial control. If you are looking for a way to take your embedded design to the next level, the Gizmo Explorer Kit is your best option and can be purchased directly through Symmetry Electronics on its e-commerce site: SemiconductorStore.com.
GizmoSphere is an independent initiative created to meet the open source development needs of embedded developers around the globe. It serves as a resource center providing documentation, downloads, news and other information pertinent to the embedded development community. GizmoSphere offers the Gizmo Explorer Kit, which brings the power of a supercomputer and the I/O capabilities of a microcontroller to the x86 open source embedded development community in one convenient, affordable package. For details, visit www.gizmosphere.org.