GIZMO BOARD

Overview

Gizmo is a small form factor, low-cost development board for embedded innovators. It combines the power of a supercomputer with the I/O capabilities of a microcontroller. Built upon the first of its kind AMD Embedded G-series APU, the Gizmo board delivers 52.8 GFLOPS at less than 10W!

Merging this performance power with direct access to a wide range of interfaces including GPIO, ADC/DAC, PWM, I2C, SPI, USB, SATA and PCIe provides even greater functionality and design possibilities. The Gizmo enables direct access to every I/O feature available on the AMD based platform through two custom card edge connectors: high-speed and low-speed. The Explorer add-on board plugs into the Gizmo through the low-speed connector.

Features

  • Compact, low-cost standalone board used for evaluation, experimentation and development in open source, embedded design projects
  • A development board providing the ability to leverage many features of the AMD Embedded G-Series APU and controller hub for maximum flexibility
  • Expansion board capability for additional I/O functionality to access key G-Series features
  • A board that utilizes SageBIOS™ and supports multiple operating systems: Windows, Linux, RTOS
  • Multicore and mixed core computing
  • High performance I/O and embedded I/O with real-time access
  • 64-bit processing
  • Hardware virtualization capabilities
  • Small form factor – just 4 inches x 4 inches (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm)
  • Affordable, expandable, accessible, innovative

Specifications

  • AMD Embedded G-Series APU
  • AMD A55E Controller Hub
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • JTAG header for SmartProbe® development & debug
  • Low and High Speed card edge connectors for expansion
  • Graphics – VGA display connector
  • Ethernet RJ-45 port connector
  • USB – 2 standard type A USB connectors, pin header w/ 2 USB connectors
  • SATA – one connector
  • Audio – Line-in, Line-out and MIC signals
  • Power – 12VDC power supply with cables
  • Size – 4” x 4” (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm)
  • High Performance: 52.8 GFLOP Capacity
  • Low Power: APU 6.4W TDP
High Speed Connector:
  • Standard PCIe 64-pin card edge gold fingers
  • 2 x 1 PCIe links
  • LVDS
  • 1 SATA
  • 1 USB 2.0
Low Speed Connector:
  • Standard PCIe 36-pin card edge gold fingers
  • GPIOs
  • One USB 2.0 signal
  • SPI
  • PWM
  • A/D, D/A
  • C/T

Guides & Documents

Gizmo Explorer Kit User Guide Rev 2.6
Gizmo Explorer Kit User Guide Rev 2.5
Gizmo Explorer Kit User Guide Rev 2.4
Gizmo Board Schematics Rev. I (pdf)
Gizmo Board Bill of Materials (BOM)
Gizmo Board Full Design Documents (pdf, xls, gerber)
Gizmo Explorer Kit User Guide
Gizmo Explorer Kit (v1.1) Quick Start Guide
Gizmo Explorer Kit (v1.0) Quick Start Guide
Gizmo Board Thermal Considerations

Gizmo Board Tour

Gizmo board tour

High
Speed
Connector
  • Display port signals for second display
  • Two USB interfaces
  • One SATA interface
  • Two PCIe x1 interfaces
SmartProbe
Connector
  • JTAG port access
USB
Header
(2ports)
  • Standard 10 pin header
  • Two USB interfaces
Ethernet &
2 USB
Ports
  • Two Type A USB connectors
  • Standard Ethernet jack
Audio
I/O
Ports
  • Stereo input
  • 4-channel output
Low
Speed
Connector
  • One USB interface
  • ADC input signal
  • DAC output signal
  • GPIO pins
  • PWM pins
  • SPI port
  • Counter
  • Reset
1GB
DDR3
RAM
  • 1GB DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333 compatible
  • Soldered down
1GB
DDR3
RAM
  • 1GB DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333 compatible
  • Soldered down
1GB
DDR3
RAM
  • 1GB DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333 compatible
  • Soldered down
1GB
DDR3
RAM
  • 1GB DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333 compatible
  • Soldered down
AMD
G-Series
APU
  • AMD Embedded G-Series G-T40E APU
  • Dual core
  • 1GHz operating frequency
  • 6.4W thermal design power
  • 1MB L2 cache
  • Integrated Radeon HD 6250 GPU
  • GPU frequency 280MHz
  • Board supports T56N APU (1.8GHz)
Realtek
Audio
Controller
  • High-definition Audio
  • Realtek ALC272
Fan
Connector
  • Fan not required with G-T40E APU
  • Fan power provided for G-T56N APU support
SATA
Power
Connector
  • On board SATA connector
  • Adjacent 5V SATA power connector
SATA
Data
Connector
  • On board SATA connector
  • Adjacent 5V SATA power connector
Toggle
LED
  • General purpose LED
  • Driven by GPIO pin
SPI
ROM
(on back)
  • 64Mb Flash memory
  • Preloaded with SageBIOS (coreboot distribution)
  • Includes demo payload
NIC
Controller
(on back)
  • Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Ethernet controller
AMD A55E
Controller
Hub
  • AMD A55E G-Series platform controller hub
  • PCIe interface: 4×1 Gen 2
  • PCI: 33MHz 4 slots
  • SATA: 6x 6Gb/s with RAID 0,1,5,10
  • USB: 14 v2.0, 2 v1.1
  • HD audio: up to 4 channels
  • 102 max GPIOs
Battery
  • 3V coin battery
  • Required for proper operation
  • (Note: Errata on Rev 1 build 2 board requires battery to be inserted backwards)
Power
Switch
  • Power Switch
Power
Regulator
Circuits
  • Programmable RAM for power regulator settings
  • 9VDC – 24VDC input voltage
  • Max VDCIN power: 48.5W @ 9V, 71W @ 24V
  • 20W max system board with USB KB/MS and boot from USB
  • 10W max USB (2.5W per port)
  • 5W max SATA HD
Power
Regulator
Circuits
  • Programmable RAM for power regulator settings
  • 9VDC – 24VDC input voltage
  • Max VDCIN power: 48.5W @ 9V, 71W @ 24V
  • 20W max system board with USB KB/MS and boot from USB
  • 10W max USB (2.5W per port)
  • 5W max SATA HD
VGA
Video
Connector
  • Resolution up to 1920x1200x30bpp
Power
Jack
  • 9VDC – 24VDC input voltage
  • Max VDCIN power: 48.5W @ 9V, 71W @ 24V
Power
Regulator
Circuits
  • Programmable RAM for power regulator settings
  • 9VDC – 24VDC input voltage
  • Max VDCIN power: 48.5W @ 9V, 71W @ 24V
  • 20W max system board with USB KB/MS and boot from USB
  • 10W max USB (2.5W per port)
  • 5W max SATA HD
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