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Intel Joule IoT module gains a family of DIY companion boards

Aug 16, 2016 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 1,433 views

Gumstix launched a family of customizable carrier boards in conjunction with Intel’s unveiling of the tiny “Joule” IoT module at IDF in San Francisco today.

Intel unveiled the Joule IoT module in a keynote talk by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum today in San Francisco. The 48 x 24 x 3.5mm module integrates a 64-bit quad-core Atom SoC, up to 4GB RAM and 16GB eMMC, plus Bluetooth and WiFi wireless, 4K video in/out, MIPI CSI/DSI ports, GPIO, and multiple USB and serial ports. Intel supports the Joule module with an open-source generic carrier board and a Yocto Project-based Ostro Linux distribution.

Intel Joule module
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Following Krzanich’s keynote talk, there were a series of demonstrations and workshops that highlighted the Joule module’s capabilities and potential applications. Gumstix’s role in the event was the announcement of a family of six customizable expansion boards (shown below) that support the Intel Joule module.

Five of Gumstix’s six expansion boards for Intel’s Joule module
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As described by Gumstix, the functions of the company’s six expansion boards for the Intel Joule module are as follows:
  • HTPC — a carrier board for small home theater PC applications
  • Interposer — provides an EEPROM for the Joule module, while extending the life of its connectors
  • Aerocore 2 — MAV Powerhouse with LTE (a variant of the original Gumstix Aerocore 2)
  • Multi-flasher — rapidly upload disk images to multiple Joule modules
  • IoT sensor — provides barometer, 9-axis IMU, RGB, and temperature sensors
  • Workstation — an 80 x 80mm “power station” with HDMI, DSI, USB-Ethernet ports

All six boards are immediately available from Gumstix’s website. Additionally, because Gumstix designed them all using its own Geppetto drag-and-drop rapid design tool, all five are also offered as customizable Geppetto design cells, which lets you create your own customized Joule carrier board with minimal risk and order finished and tested prototypes for delivery from Gumstix within three weeks.

Customizing a Joule carrier board in Geppetto
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The images below provide further details on each of the six Gumstix expansion boards for the Intel Joule IoT module.

Joule HTPC board
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Joule Interposer
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Joule Aerocore 2 board
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Joule Multi-flasher board
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Joule IoT Sensor board
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Joule Workstation board
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These Geppetto-designed, customizable carrier boards join a variety of others for both Gumstix and third-party computer-on-modules. Other third-party COMs supported with customizable Geppetto design cells, as well as finished carrier boards, include the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, Critical Link MitySOM-335xr, and DragonBoard 410C.

Further information

The Gumstix HTPC ($49), Interposer ($25), Aerocore 2 ($149), Multi-flash ($99), IoT Sensor ($89), and Workstation ($99) expansion boards for the Intel Joule IoT module are available for ordering now, from the Gumstix shopping site’s Joule boards page. Additionally all six boards are present within the web-based Geppetto design tool as customizable design cells.

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