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ESPRESSOBin is a high performance 64 bit dual core low power consuming networking computing platform based on the ARMv8 architecture
ESPRESSOBin is a high performance 64 bit dual core low power consuming networking computing platform based on the ARMv8 architecture
ESPRESSOBin is a high performance 64 bit dual core low power consuming networking computing platform based on the ARMv8 architecture
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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.

ESPRESSObin Specs

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

Physical Interfaces

Board Interfaces
Board Interfaces

 

GPIO Map

 Armada SOC and Topaz Switch Specs

Armada 3700 SOC block diagram
Armada 3700 SOC block diagram

 

 

Topaz Switch
Topaz Switch

Strengths-

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

Use Cases

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.

NAS implementation streaming to Monitor
NAS implementation streaming to Monitor

Video Camera Monitor- connect old USB cameras to the EspressoBin and stream it to your computer as a power conscious IP camera

convert old usb webcam for IP camera use
convert old usb webcam for IP camera use

 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.

Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server

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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.

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 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

Timeline

 The software is open source and will be available here and on a new Wikipage coming out.

https://github.com/MarvellEmbeddedProcessors/main/wiki/Armada-3700

Software Operating Systems

Besides support for the Mainline Linux & Uboot, we support Ubuntu of Canonical and plan to support the following ecosystems.

Ubuntu Core
Ubuntu Core

 

 
ArchLinuxARM, one of the most lightweight and flexible Operating Systems
ArchLinuxARM, one of the most lightweight and flexible Operating Systems

 

Debian, one of the most popular OS available
Debian, one of the most popular OS available

 

OpenWRT for your Router and networking applications
OpenWRT for your Router and networking applications

 

Initiatives

 

Partners

Powered by Marvell
Powered by Marvell

 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.

North Korea,
Iran,
Syria,
Libya,

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