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Mobile Robotics Development Kit

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Get started on your iRobot Create-driven project with the Gumstix Mobile Robotics Development Kit. Combining a WiFi/Bluetooth-enabled Overo AirSTORM computer-on-module and the TurtleCore expansion board (tailor-made for the iRobot Create), the Gumstix Mobile Robotics Development Kit brings the power of Ubuntu Linux with Robot Operating System (ROS) to the iRobot Create's incredible robotics platform.

2 x 70-pin AVX connectors


802.11 b/g Included

ARM Cortex-A8

Bluetooth Included
Camera Connector

27-pin connector for camera signals

COM Mounting Holes

Four (4) x #0 mounting holes for extra secure mounting of an Overo COM

Connect to iRobot Create®

via the DB-25 connector; the iRobot Create® "cargo bay connector".

Height 4.2 mm

For OEM design, refer to the layout version shown here.


 194.0 mm


Within the Overo series of products


Up to 2,000 Dhrystone MIPS


Powered by iRobot Create®

Power Management

Texas Instruments TPS65950


Texas Instruments Sitara AM3703

Processor Speed

1 GHz (Recommended @ 800MHz)


Built with components rated 0C < T <85C

USB Console Port


USB Device


USB Host



GS3703A @ 5.6g

GUM3703A @ 42.6g (incl. shipping case w/ antennas)


 45.0 mm

Each Mobile Robotics Development Kit comes with:

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  • Overo AirSTORM COM

    AM3703-based Gumstix Overo computer-on-module with 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth wireless communications

  • Overo System Card (Ubuntu 8GB)

    8GB Ubuntu System Card

  • TurtleCore

    Use Linux on the iRobot Create® by snapping the TurtleCore™ expansion board into its cargo bay carrying an Overo or Overo STORM COM.

  • 2 x USB Mini-B to Standard-A Cable

    A USB cable for connecting your USB Console Port-enabled Gumstix system to a development machine or for USB On-the-Go in device mode.

Key components
DB25 Connector

This vertical, male DB25 connector interfaces the TurtleCore with the iRobot Create's cargo bay port.

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Connect to an RS232 serial terminal over USB with the FTDI FT232RQ interface.

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Micron 512MB DDR LPDRAM & 512MB NAND Flash Memory

Package-on-package (PoP) memory solution that minimizes power consumption, maximizes board space and increases speed.

microSD Card Slot

An onboard card-slot for system storage expansion using microSD cards.

Texas Instruments AM3703 Applications Processor

1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Sitara AM3703 high-performance microprocessor designed to provide best in class ARM and graphics performance while delivering low power consumption. According to Texas Instruments, AM3703 is fully backward compatible with previous OMAP™ processors.

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Texas Instruments TPS62111 Step-Down Converter

A low-noise synchronous step-down DC-DC converter. Component Max Vin: 17V, 1.5A.

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Texas Instruments TPS65950 Power Management

The TPS65950 device is a highly integrated power-management integrated circuit (IC) that supports the power and peripheral requirements of the OMAP3-driven Overo series COMs.

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2 x U.FL Antenna with Collar

U.FL antenna with collar for Bluetooth and/or 802.11b/g/n wireless communications.

Wi2Wi W2CBW003C WiFi/BT Transciever

This elegant combination from Wi2Wi, based on Marvell's industry leading 88W8686, enables both 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

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Mating connectors
2 x 70-Pin AVX Connector (Male – Overo COMs)

Connect your Gumstix Overo COM to an expansion board with these 70-pin AVX connectors.

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2 x 70-Pin AVX Connectors (Female – Overo Expansion)

Connect an Overo COM to an expansion board with these 70-pin AVX connectors.

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Hirose 27-Pin Camera Connector (Overo COMs)

Connect a Caspa camera to an Overo COM with this connector (Hirose FH26-27S-0.3SHW)

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2 x U.FL Connector

Attach a U.FL Wi-Fi or Bluetooth antenna to a Gumstix system with this connector.

Other connectors
2 x USB Mini-B to Standard-A Cable

A USB cable for connecting your USB Console Port-enabled Gumstix system to a development machine or for USB On-the-Go in device mode.

Links to manufacturer's specification sheets are provided for reference.
Comparable parts might be substituted in manufacturing.
Further hardware information (I/O pinouts, Benchmarks, schematics and more)

Supported Software:

  • Ubuntu
  • Robot Operating System
  • Yocto Project

The Mobile Robotics Development Kit ships with a Ubuntu (Linaro) system card featuring ROS - the Robot Operating System.

This image is recommended for beginners looking to get up and running as quickly as possible. Users who need the absolute latest supported version of Linux or more advanced developers may wish to consider switching to the Yocto Project image.

More information on supported software platforms for Gumstix products »

  1. Begin by connecting the Overo COM to the TurtleCore expansion board. An overview of this process is available in the Getting Started Guide. You will also need to connect the u.fl antennas to the COM.

  2. Pins 15 and 16 of CON1 must be jumpered in order for the TurtleCore to receive power. This allows the implementation of a power switch.

  3. Connect the TurtleCore to the iRobot Create via the DB-25 connector. The TurtleCore expansion board is designed to rest inside the Create's cargo bay.

  4. Connect to the Overo using a serial terminal emulator via the USB console port on the TurtleCore using the included USB Mini-B to Standard A cable.

  5. Configure your WiFi connection and disconnect the serial terminal and console port.

  6. SSH into the Overo: > ssh gumstix@overo.local > Password: gumstix

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