What Is The Giant Board?
Despite its small footprint, the Giant Board is capable of big things. It's a single-board computer (SBC) crammed into a microcontroller form factor that doesn't skimp on power. Based on the Adafruit Feather form factor, the Giant Board straddles the line between maker board and microcontroller. Capable of running full-fledged Linux distributions, this SBC rocks a Microchip SAMA5D2 ARM® Cortex®-A5 Processor 500 MHz processor. There's 128MB of DDR2 RAM, and an onboard microSD card slot. Plus, there are tons of different connections such as a USB with LiPo battery support, 20 GPIOs, and more. As such, the Giant Board is a novel fusion between SBC and microcontroller. You can use a Giant Board for everything from running Doom to streaming media and building complex robotics and IoT projects. The only limit is your creativity!
Adafruit FeatherWing and Blinka Support
Helpfully, the Giant Board rocks support for the popular and capable FeatherWing ecosystem. Hailing from Adafruit, Feather is a line of development boards ready for prototyping. Because the Giant Board supports accessories within the FeatherWing family, it’s incredibly easy to get started creating. Coupled with Linux support, the Giant Board is ready for use out-of-the-box with minimal set up. Onboard, there’s an Adafruit FeatherWing pinout for connectivity with over 60 add-on boards. You can spin up projects easily with CircuitPython. LCD, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi FeatherWing boards may be tacked onto the Giant Board for added functionality.
Moreover, the Giant Board touts Adafruit Blinka support, or CircuitPython for Linux. Essentially, the Blinka repository is a collection of CircuitPython packages. With FeatherWing and Blinka support, Giant Board is prepped for your development and programming needs. Tinker away!
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Giant Board Specs:
- Microchip SAMA5D2 ARM® Cortex®-A5 Processor 500 MHz processor
- 128MB DDR2 RAM
- microSD card slot
- USB with LiPo battery support
- Runs Linux
- Adafruit FeatherWing and Blinka compatibility
Software and Resources
The Groboards website offers a few different resources for getting started with the Giant Board. Groboard documentation includes basics such as making a bootable microSD card and logging in. Additionally, you'll find forums with helpful information for your maker journey.