With all the current buzz going around about the Giant Board, I figured it was time to do a proper update on the project and share where things are at. Being mostly a one man team development can take some time, but with a little help from some friends (Wynter@zerotri) things are moving steadily forward. Here is the status of a few major things:
Right now the Giant Board is 95% complete as far as the design of the board itself goes. The pinout is solid, but some minor changes to other parts of the design might still be needed before production. The plan is to release a small amount of Giant Boards to developers and early adopters interested in providing feedback, so I can make any final tweaks before the main production.
On the software side of things, I need to wrap up a few odds and ends in the linux kernel and finish up the release images. Mostly trivial things like what drivers and software to include in the default images. I recently got the Giant Board supported in @adafruit ‘s Blinka python library. This library allows you to use CircuitPython in linux! This unlocks a bunch of libraries for all sorts of different hardware, making projects a little easier.
One of the other major things I have been working on is documentation. While most advanced users can navigate through linux without issue, I want to help out new comers to linux as much as possible. With the Giant Board being based on a form factor that is traditionally a microcontroller, I thought some basic guides on using CircuitPython and other general linux things might be a good idea.
Wrapping this update up and in TL;DR fashion. The Giant Board is really close to being launched. I have been getting quotes from a few manufacturers and should have pricing soon. Please keep an eye on this website as well as my twitter for more news and announcements.