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Open Source, Linux Board, from Giant Board is FeatherWing Ecosystem Compatible

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Open source, Linux board from Giant Board is FetherWing ecosystem compatible.

The Giant Board is a tiny single-board computer (SBC) based on the Adafruit Feather form factor. This is a small and powerful platform capable of Internet of Things (IoT) development. It is a highly regarded system and is built for the functionality and high performance needed for IoT design platforms.

When it comes to building IoT systems, sometimes a microcontroller (MCU) just doesn’t have all the features or capabilities a developer needs. The Giant Board squeezes a power and capability of an SBC into the space of an MCU board.

The specifications show how the Giant Board is mostly different from other SBCs.

  • Microchip SAMA5D2 ARM Cortex-A5 processor
  • Upto 500 MHz
  • 128 MB DDR2 RAM
  • microSD Card
  • 6x 12-bit ADC with 3.3V reference and external trigger
  • 4x 16-bit PWM with external trigger
  • 1x I2C
  • 1x SPI
  • 1x UART
  • LiPo batteries and USB power
  • mainline Linux kernel OS

The company says that the Giant Board uses Debian Linux and offers developers a chance to develop projects related to – IoT gateway routing, robotics, data collection and analysis and media streaming.

Giant Board takes advantage of its Linux compatibility and Feather form factor by using libraries from Adafruit that add CircuitPython to the system. The system is fully merged and repo’d with Adafruit and the result is the system now has access to over 100 hardware compatibility libraries.

IoT and Wi-Fi became a bit of a thing, with Giant Board. The system is set up with Adafruit FeatherWing pinout. This allows the Giant Board to work with 60 different preset add-on boards. CircuitPython compatibility reduces the complexity of setup and the Giant Board can work with many FeatherWings.

The add-on offer options such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and LCD Featherwings. In the end, Giant Board built an add-on that was Linux and Wi-Fi-compatible.

The specs include low-power mode, station mode, softAP support, and 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n.

To find out more about the Giant Board and to see some of the addons, check out the crowd supply page here.

Crowd Supply | crowdsupply.com

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