Category: OSD335x

BeagleBone® Blue and OSD3358: The Fastest Way to Build Your Own Robots

 

Robots are everywhere. Self-guided vacuums cruise across our floors.  Manufacturing robots construct cars and appliances with speed and precision. Self–driving cars are only a few years away from commercial viability. The R2 Robonaut has been helping astronauts on the space station for years. A little closer to Earth, drones help people take stunning overhead photos and videos. Soon, drones may even deliver packages or rescue lost hikers.

Even with the explosion of robots all around us, building them can be challenging. For a robot to complete a task safely and correctly, the robot needs to interact and sense its environment and know how to react.  This requires complicated mechanical, electrical, and software functions all working together with precision. With so much complexity, robot development might seem the sole province of well-funded institutions and companies.

Not any longer.

Enter BeagleBone®  Blue

BeagleBone® Blue

The BeagleBoard.org® Foundation in partnership with Octavo Systems has developed BeagleBone® Blue, an open-source robotics controller platform that allows anyone to quickly and easily build their own robots. The controller is LINUX-enabled, community-supported, and fully open-source. Octavo Systems’ OSD3358 System-in-Package (SIP) technology provides BeagleBone®  Blue’s primary computing power and RAM.  The board also provides 4GB of on-board flash storage. BeagleBone®  Blue is compatible with Debian, ArduPilot, ROS, and features the Cloud9 IDE.

BeagleBone® Blue includes powerful high-performance connectivity interfaces, including USB 2.0 client and host connections. The controller also provides wireless connectivity using 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Through the pre-configured WiFi access point you can begin your code development simply by connecting a battery and opening your web browser.

BeagleBone Blue Detail Featuring the OSD3358But this is a robotics controller, so it must be prepared to do real things in the real world. BeagleBone® Blue includes multiple motor control options including four DC motor drivers, four quadrature encoder inputs, and eight servo motor controllers.  It also has a variety of power source options from a microUSB, to a two-cell LiPo battery connector, and  9-18V DC jack. On-board sensors include a barometer and a 9-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU).

BeagleBone® Blue utilizes the active and engaged BeagleBoard.org community to help support you through all phases of the development process. Also, with BeagleBoard.org® focusing on education they intend to provide a full curriculum for BeagleBone® Blue via a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Whether you’re a newbie, or an experienced developer, BeagleBone Blue can help jump start your next robotics project.

The OSD3358 and BeagleBone® Blue

The OSD3358 enabled BeagleBoard.org to provide this powerful robotics platform in a small, low-cost package. It integrates the TI Sitara™ AM3358 ARM® Cortex® A8 processor running up to 1GHz, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and two power supplies into a single IC package. At roughly the size of a quarter, the OSD3358 uses 35% less space than separate components. OSD3358’s compact System-In-Package form enables BeagleBoard.org to fit all this functionality into a small form factor that still fits in an Altoids-tin. Its small size and powerful features (6 PWMs, 3 Quadrater Encoders, ADCs, PRUs, etc.) make the OSD3358 a perfect fit for drones and other robotics platforms where size and weight are key concerns.

OSD3358 the Size of a Quarter

The OSD3358 and the Future of Robots

Now, with BeagleBone® Blue and the OSD3358, robot designers have an easy and clear path to building their own robotics systems. BeagleBone® Blue is a low-cost prototyping platform that allows you to spend less time developing a controller and more time focusing on the mechanical and software design aspects of your robot. Using the OSD3358, you can quickly build your customized solution and get into production faster.

Find out more about our OSD3358 SIP technology and related development boards at OctavoSystems.com.

New OSD3358 Development Platforms from GHI Electronics

 

It has been a busy couple of weeks around here lately with a lot of exciting news.  First we had the announcement of the BeagleBone® Black Wireless which features the OSD3358-512M-BAS instead of the discrete TI AM3358.  Then we went to World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.  Now we have a couple more announcements.

We are happy to let everybody know that GHI Electronics has released two development platforms for the OSD3358.  Both boards utilize the OSD3358-512M-BAS which integrates the TI Sitara™ AM3358 ARM® Cortex® A8 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB of DDR3, 2 power supplies, and passives into a single IC package.  The boards are available to order today from the GHI Electronics website.  Their status is listed as preview.  This means there are some things that haven’t been completely tested yet (all of which are outlined).  It also means there could be some minor changes when the production versions are released.

The GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone® Dev Board

GHI OSD3358 Development BoardThe first platform is the GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone® Dev Board.  This is a full featured development board that includes a capacitive touch screen display and features popular industrial interfaces like RS232 and CAN.  It also has a single 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, USB Host, and USB Client ports. For nonvolatile memory, the board has 4GB EMMC and a SD Card Slot for expansion.  The GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone® Dev Board also boasts an expansion header that allows access to the ADC channels and the remaining GPIOs of the OSD3358 System-In-Package.

With all of the features and connection options, the GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone® Dev Board is the best way to explore the full capabilities of the OSD3358.

 

The GHI OSD33558 BeagleBone® TH Module

GHI OSD3358 TH ModuleThe next platform is the GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone® TH Module.  This is a bare bones system that allows you to easily start integrating the OSD3358 into your designs.  It adds 4GB of EMMC, a MicoSD slot, and USB to the OSD3358 System-In-Package.  It also brings the GPIO, Analog, LCD, and Ethernet pins to a 100mil header footprint making it extremely easy to connect your custom circuitry.

This board is designed to be the next step after the Dev Board.  It provides a natural progression to integrating the OSD3358 into your system.  It has just what you need to boot Linux and start controlling your custom circuitry.

GHI Electronics

We are really excited to release these boards to the community.  We have been working with GHI Electronics for over a year on them to ensure the best possible experience.  GHI’s vision and customer knowledge combined with their in-house, US based, hardware design, software services, and manufacturing allowed us to ensure the best possible quality.  We are proud GHI Electronics is part of our partner network and look forward to working with them to continue supporting the needs of our customers.

BeagleBoard Compatible

beaglecomp_200pxAs the names might suggest, both development platforms are BeagleBoard Compatible, just like the OSD3358 itself.  This means both boards are capable of running the well supported Linux distributions provided by BeagleBoard.org®.  By leveraging the BeagleBoard community and software you can get Linux running in matter of minutes.

Also since the OSD3358 and the development platforms are all BeagleBoard Compatible you can rest assured whatever you build on the platforms will perform the same when you go to an OSD3358 only design.

 

 

We hope these platforms will provide designers an easy way to start developing around the OSD3358 System-In-Package.  As you start designing please give us your feedback on the platforms.  We really want to continue to improve the experience.  Let us know what you think here.

The BeagleBone® Black Wireless and BeagleBoard Compatibility

 

Today is a very exciting day!  After months of hard work, we are finally ready to make two big announcements.  First, is the release of the BeagleBone® Black Wireless, which features the Octavo OSD3358-512M-BAS System-In-Package.  Second, the OSD3358 is now officially BeagleBoard Compatible!  These developments strengthen our relationship with BealgeBoard.org and make the OSD335x family of devices even easier to use.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless

We are proud to be a part of BeagleBone® Black Wireless!  It builds on the success of the very popular BeagleBone® Black with two exciting changes.  First, the design was greatly simplified by replacing over 150 discrete components with the OSD3358-512M-BAS.  BeagleBone Black Wireless Featuring the OSD3358Additionaly, the Ethernet peripheral has been replaced with the WiLink8 WL1835 module from Texas Instruments, providing both 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth V4.1.  BeagleBone® Black Wireless is completely compatible with all standard BeagleBone® Black capes.  Finally, like everything in the BeagleBoard family, BeagleBone® Black wireless is completely open source!

BeagleBone® Black wireless now offers developers a low cost evaluation platform for the Octavo OSD335x device.  They can use it to start prototyping on a Linux system in a matter of minutes.  Then, once ready, designers can quickly go from a prototype to a custom board by leveraging the OSD3358 and Beaglboard.org®’s active community, open-source hardware, and software.

The OSD3358 becoming an integral part BeagleBoard.org®’s newest board is a huge honor for us.  We have been collaborating with BeagleBoard.org® since the beginning of the OSD335x.  This is huge validation that we are on the right track, and we are excited to continue to work with BeagleBoard.org® on future products.

OSD3358 is Officially BeagleBoard Compatible

This one is really important if you have a design built on BeagleBone® and want to create your own custom board.  By integrating the processor, DDR3, and power supplies from the BeagleBone® Black into a single device, the OSD3358 already simplified the hardware design required for a custom embedded Linux system.  beaglecomp_200pxMaking it an ideal starting point for any new design.

Now that the OSD3358 is officially BeagleBoard Compatible you have the confidence that the software you developed on BeagleBone® will perform the way you expect when you transition to the OSD3358.  It also means you will be able to get support from the large and active BeagleBoard community that you are already familiar with.

The BeagleBoard Compatible OSD3358 is now the easiest way to create your own BeagleBone® based embedded Linux system.

We are very excited about these two developments.  We look forward to our growing partnership with BealgeBoard.org.  Together we are striving to bring the simplicity of microcontrollers to the world of embedded Linux.

The OSD3358 – A New Era of Integration

 

Today is a very exciting day at Octavo Systems. We’re officially launching our first product, the OSD3358-512M.  The OSD3358 is a System-In-Package (SiP) device that integrates the Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara™ AM3358 Arm® Cortex®-A8 processor, the TI TPS65217C PMIC, the TI TL5209 LDO, a 512MB DDR3, and over 140 Passives into a single easy to use BGA package. The OSD3358 gives designers of all levels access to unprecedented integration and to ease of use.

OSD3358 SBC Reference Design
OSD3358 SBC Reference Design

The OSD3358 aims to make designing custom systems around the BeagleBone® Black as easy as possible.  Take a look at our Single Board Computer Reference Design.  Integrating the DDR3 and the Power Managements systems into the OSD3358 removes the need for designers to spend time on the DDR to Processor interface or power sequencing, allowing them to focus on their proprietary value add. At the same time, the single package simplifies the supply chain and facilitates lower cost manufacturing.  Check out the product page for all the details.

The OSD3358 isn’t just for BeagleBone® Black users either.  It has the flexibility to greatly simplify any design based on TI’s Sitara™ processors.  So, along with the OSD3358, we also launched, in partnership with GHI Electronics, a set of development boards and kits to allow you to design your own product around the OSD3358 without starting with a BeagleBone®.

What makes today truly special is that we have given substance to our vision.  Historically, SiPs have been available only to the largest and most specialized customers. Today we change that.  Our innovations in design and manufacturing have allowed us to bring SiP-based products to the mass market.  This is the culmination of many efforts. Our Octavo team spent many long nights and weekends to make this day a reality.  I am proud of the entire team and am honored to work with such outstanding individuals.

Octavo SiPs
Octavo SiPs

While we are excited about what we have achieved with Product #1, we are even more enthused about where we’re going.  The OSD3358 is just the beginning.  Over the next few months we will be working to widen the OSD335x family, offering options to fit almost any system built around the AM335x processor.

Beyond that, our goal is to change the way intelligent systems are designed and manufactured.  We will continue our quest to introduce products that make it easier for innovators to innovate.  We will integrate more functions to provide more solutions for a wider variety of subsystems.  We’d love to hear your feedback on what you’d like to see next or what we can do to improve our current product.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think here.

Thank you for your interest in what we are doing.  We look forward to sharing a lot more with you in the future!  If you want to stay informed please sign up for our newsletter through the Contact page or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Octavo Systems Releases the OSD3358 System-In-Package Device

Octavo Systems Helps Bridge the Prototype-to-Production Gap

Austin, Texas (May 9, 2016) – Octavo Systems LLC (Octavo) today launched a new platform that makes it easier than ever for designers to quickly create production-ready systems based on the Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara™ AM335x processor with an ARM® Cortex®-A8 core. The OSD3358, the first in a family of System-In-Package (SiP) devices, is geared to help developers who are using the BeagleBon®e Black single board computing (SBC) platform move from prototype to production effortlessly.

“With the wide availability and strong community around single board computing platforms like the BeagleBone® Black, it is easier than ever for designers to quickly prototype and prove out a design,” said Octavo President Bill Heye. “However, moving past the prototype stage into a production ready product remains very difficult for a large number of people and organizations.”

“After a proof of concept is done on an SBC, an application-specific mainboard will need to be designed, requiring a large number of specialized skills that can be hard to come by,” explained Gene Frantz, Octavo’s CTO. “Our System-In-Package devices reduce this requirement by abstracting some of the most tedious and complex tasks, allowing designers to focus on their end product.”

The OSD3358 is built to make the design of an application-specific mainboard around the Sitara™ AM3358 processor as easy as possible. It integrates the core of the BeagleBone® Black, the AM3358 processor running up to 1GHz, the TPS65217C power management IC (PMIC), the TL5209 low-dropout (LDO) regulator, 512MB of DDR3 memory, and over 140 passive components, into a single BGA package. Through this integration, the OSD3358 removes the complexities of power sequencing and DDR to processor interfacing that are typical in the design process.

OSD335 Size of a quarter with easy to use package
OSD3358 Size of a quarter with easy to use package

The OSD3358 has the smallest footprint of any similar AM3358 processor implementation. It simplifies the sourcing of components and supply chain management by replacing over 144 components with just one. The OSD3358 also utilizes a wide pitch BGA of 1.27mm allowing cost effective manufacturing processes to be used. “These added benefits make the OSD3358 an attractive solution not just for new designs, but also as a way to simplify or cost down an existing design,” added Heye.

 

“We are very excited that Octavo will be using the scalable Sitara™ AM335x processor as the base of the OSD335x family, giving designers both great performance and simple development,” said Adrian Valenzuela, Marketing Manager, Catalog Processors, TI. “By integrating all the major components of an AM335x-Processor-based-system into a single package, developers can quickly place a single SiP onto their boards and can still leverage all the software provided by TI to dramatically simplify their design.”

To help speed up development around the OSD3358, Octavo is also announcing the availability of the OSD3358 Development Platform from GHI Electronics featuring a capacitive touch screen and multiple industrial interfaces.