Gizmo Gets an Update

Computers & Mobile Technology
Gizmo Gets an Update


The folks at Gizmosphere have launched the latest version of their open source, x86-based single board computer, the Gizmo 2. Priced at $199, the Gizmo 2 is aimed at professional embedded developers and advanced makers who need more compute power for their projects. The new board improves on the first Gizmo with 60% more processing power, less power consumption, and more interfaces for input and output. It runs a 1 GHz dual-core AMD G-Series system-on-chip and 1 gigabyte of RAM, which is a lot of power for a 4-inch by 4-inch computer. Its list of I/O interfaces and features is impressive: HDMI, Ethernet, HD audio, USB 3.0, microSD, PCIe, SATA, GPIO, SPI, I2C, UART, a digital-to-analog converter, an analog-to-digital converter and a real-time clock.

“The second-generation development board brings open source embedded development back to superior x86 processing,” said Scott Hoot, president and CEO of Sage Electronic Engineering, LLC and president of GizmoSphere. “Creative embedded developers everywhere will enjoy the simplicity of communications in this SoC, while exploring Gizmo 2’s sophisticated capabilities and support for multiple operating systems.”

Every Gizmo 2 includes a microSD card preloaded with TimeSys Embedded Linux, but it also supports other Linux distributions and a variety of other operating systems including Minoca, RTOS, Windows Embedded, and Qt.

The Gizmo 2 is available for pre-order now and they expect to start shipping by the end of the year. In the meantime, you can take a closer look at this powerful board below:

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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