The use of this board allows easier and faster upload of executable files to the gumstix during development. Consequently it also frees up one of the gumstix' serial ports to be used for another purpose. It also makes communication with a network and the internet much easier compared with using the serial port of the gumstix board.
According to the requirements of this project the use of this board was not strictly necessary. However it did provide greater flexibility during the software development stage, by using it as a mean for transferring application programs to the Gumstix board, which is why it was integrated as part of the platform.
Jenson Taylor 2008-01-25