It has been two months since the discontinuation of the Intel® Edison computing module – a modular system on a chip (SOC) that includes a CPU, MCU, memory, storage, and dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Edison was the computer and brain of Pebby. Due to the discontinuation of Intel Edison’s computing module, we spent the past month researching and exploring alternative chips that will permit a performance that equals or outperforms what Intel Edison has provided for Pebby thus far.
Replacement Chip Found
Many of you have been asking for updates on our search for a new replacement chip, and we are very happy to announce that after much research, we have found an ideal replacement chip to be used for Pebby. The replacement of the Edison module is an in-house made SoC computing module featuring a Quad-Core Cortex-A7 1.2GHz processor. This system will come with a 512 DDR3 RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Dual Mode Bluetooth 4.0.
This newly created SoC is fully compatible with Pebby and will still allow us to include the features and functions that we had with our previous Edison module.
Stretch Goal Update
We are also very happy to announce that all relative development works on Pebby have been accomplished and that we have unlocked our final stretch goal: an upgrade on Pebby’s camera and batteries. Our new Pebby robot will now come included with a 2 MP wide-angle camera and a set of FOUR (where previously it came with only three) integrated custom-made batteries. The smaller camera has a lower power consumption and generates lower heat, allowing for longer play time.
After testing multiple batteries from different vendors, our team decided to custom make our very own batteries for Pebby as those that were available on the market were not the best fit for Pebby. Together with our partner manufacturer, we developed our custom batteries and attained all necessary safety test and certs that were required. These new batteries will provide you with 120 minutes of non-stop playing experience.
Production Progress: What is Team Pebby Doing Now?
The discontinuation of Intel Edison together with the search for the new replacement chip have pushed us back temporally with respect to our development work on Pebby. Now that the new replacement chip has been found, we have to redesign the main printed circuit board (PCB) and make it compatible with the new replacement chip.
At this moment, we have our schematics ready and have been working on the layout of the new PCB. In about 1-1.5 months, we expect to receive the new PCB from the factory for testing and If all goes well with no issues arise in respect to the new hardware design, we will begin porting all Pebby software with the switching of Intel Edison to the new replacement chip.
We would like to thank all our Backers for being supportive despite our situation and for giving us your confidence in finding the new replacement chip. In the previous update, we announced a 4-month delay and we will work accordingly to meet that timeline. There are a few key itineraries that we have to work on from this point including the PCB layout design and testing, software porting, and debugging. We appreciate your support and patience with us as we work to get Pebby on its way to your homes in the shortest time possible.