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Common Hardware Platforms

Raspberry Pi

There are a number of Rasberry Pi boards to choose from with the Raspberry Pi Compute in particular targeted at commercial applications using customized carrier boards.

Gumstix is one company selling a reference Pi Compute Dev Board and a service where you can design your own Pi Compute board using their Gepetto online design tool.

Beaglebone Black

Based on the TI Sitara AM335x processor, the BeagleBone Black is a popular board for hobbyists and commercial projects.

These boards are well supported by the mainline Linux kernel and U-Boot bootloader projects.


The NXP i.MX6 processors are based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and come in single, dual and quad-core packages. They run Linux and are suitable for many applications ranging from robotics to multimedia.

There are multiple vendors for i.MX6 hardware.


Gumstix® are small, powerful, computer-on-module systems designed for embedded and robotics applications. The Gumstix Overo® COMs are based on the Texas Instruments OMAP3 and Digital Media ARM Cortex-A8 processors. The Gumstix Duovero® COMs are based on the TI OMAP4 Cortex-A9 dual-core processors.

Gumstix systems run Linux and many open-source software programs. Custom software applications can be written in C/C++, Python, Perl, Ruby or any language you normally develop with on Linux.

Jumpnow Technologies is a Verified Design Consultant for Gumstix products.