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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Product description- ESPRESSOBin Board is a low cost high performance ARM based 64bit single board computer aimed at the networking, storage, and connectivity space. It utilizes Marvell's newest Armada 3700 chipset which is a dual core SOC running up to 1.2Ghz based upon the ARM A53 64bit instruction set.
Powered by a 64bit Dual Core ARM A53 Armada 3700 SOC clocked up to 1.2Ghz
1x Topaz Networking Switch
1x uSD card slot with footprint for an optional 4GB EMMC
512MB DDR3, 1GB DDR3 & 2GB DDR3 options
2x Gb Ethernet LAN
1x Ethernet WAN
1x SATA interface for HDD storage
1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
1x MiniPCIe for Wireless/BLE peripherals
2x Row of GPIO headers for accessories and shields
Armada SOC and Topaz Switch Specs
ESPRESSObin is much more than just another SBC like the Raspberry Pi and the Pine64. It has a powerful set of Networking & Storage interfaces such as a dedicated networking Switch and Gigabit WAN & LAN. It can connect to storage such as USB 3.0 thumb drives and HDD hard drives via USB and SATA. For networking applications it acts like an ethernet switch with 2 LAN and 1 WAN.
ESPRESSObin has a very low power consumption with less than 1W Thermal dissapation at 1 Ghz
ESPRESSObin address a host of applications that has been overlooked by other SBC such as home and office networking, storage,& media streaming, and IoT. Here are a few examples that we demonstrate on the lab using open software applications.
NAS-SATA-Wi-FI-connect the device Sata interface to Hard drives and stream via wireless or ethernet.
Video Camera Monitor- connect old USB cameras to the EspressoBin and stream it to your computer as a power conscious IP camera
Plex Media server- Stream content via ethernet or Wi-Fi to connected TV in multiple rooms. Stream personal content from your hard drive or USB stick from your personnel network or NAS device.
Video of the actual working demos
Stacking switch cluster- Connect storage and ethernet to create your own power efficient storage and compute cluster for Torrent server applications
IOT Gateway-Use the ESPRESSObin as an IOT gateway connecting LORA, BLE, Zigbee, Zwave , and other protocols through its variety of interfaces.
Key Team members-Globalscale
Bryan Cheng-Project manager
DH Liu-Engineering Manager
Winchester Hsu-Hardware Engineer
C.P Chang-Software Engineer
Steven Ding-Software Engineer
Wayne Yang-Test Engineer
Marvell partnership and advisors
Eran Jurman-Technical Marketing Manger
Maen Suleiman-Software Community Lead
Philip Nguy-SOC engineer
Erez Alfiya- Application Manager
Guru Bachchu-Software Engineer
Joe Zhou-Software Engineer
Bobby Dhanota-Lab Supervisor
ESPRESSObin in the Media
Video-Description of an early board sample at Computex 2016
The software is open source and will be available here and on a new Wikipage coming out.
Besides support for the Mainline Linux & Uboot, we support Ubuntu of Canonical and plan to support the following ecosystems.
Why do we need your help?
Despite being an established company we are not a large company. Especially with this aggressive price target we need economies of scale to be able to buy parts in sufficient quantities to offer a $49 base price. We also have to pay for certification such as FCC & CE.
Risks and challenges
Building the Boards
The big fear with many Kickstarter projects is that people come up with great ideas but cannot execute because of the inexperience of the product team. Manufacturing of electronics especially carries unique risks such as supply chain management and mandatory certification.
At Globalscale we have extensive background and expertise in RF and networking electronics. Starting as the pioneers of the original Sheevaplug plug computer in 2008 we have delivered countless finished goods of high quality to enthusiasts and large corporations of industrial and consumer goods. Another concern is continuity of supply, with boards coming out and vendors closing up shop. Today we are still shipping product from design from 2008 for longtime customers while continuing to update for modern software packages.
Software Support- There is no point in building a great board if there is not an equally strong and open software ecosystem to go with it. This is why documentation is open here with software available on github and releases coming on http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/t-downloads.aspx . We have partnered with our key chip vendor Marvell to host and support the program with software from the chip vendor and a host of operating systems such as OpenWRT, Debian, Ubuntu and Archlinux ARM. Theinitial kernel is 4.4 and the device has mainline kernel support.
Shipping- A lot of first timer manufactures are surprised with the effort it takes to ship around the world. With shipping from Shenzhen, China and Anaheim, CA we have the experience and capability to ship all around. Unfortunately from our experience and because of our structure we cannot ship direct to the following countries.
we currently have a Realtek 1x1 Wi-Fi based Toshiba module on the current board. It is a miniPCIe module so can be slotted in & out. The plan is to ship with this part though it may be part of a future stretch goal for an upgrade so stay tuned!
5V power is insufficient to power the device IF all the Ethernet ports are running with a Wi-Fi cards and the SATA interface. It can run the base board ethernet functions but when loaded with with Wi-FI and SATA you need the external 12V powersupply which is why we made the power supply standard on the higher tiers. Some backers also have the power supplies or uSD cards on hand
Attend a custom tour of the Globalscale Facilities in Shenzhen, Taiwan, or Anaheim CA. Includes dinner with the founding team members a 20 pack of boards and custom design documentation. Picture with the founding team and support for your special projects. includes hotel for 2 nights for you and one other, and transportation from the airport. airfare not included.