BeagleBone Black – Introduction to New IoT Device

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BeagleBone Black

What is BeagleBone Black?

BeagleBone Black is a low-cost, community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. The BeagleBone Black is the newest member of the BeagleBoard family.  Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable.

This is board is very useful in developing IoT applications.

This is Open source Hardware , BeagleBone Black is great for design engineers to prototype with and then modify for their specific application , if we compare with Raspberry Pi board.

BeagleBone Black

Image credit: elinux.org

 

Processor: AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8

It is a lower-cost, high-expansion focused BeagleBoard using a low cost Sitara XAM3359AZCZ100 Cortex A8 ARM processor from Texas Instruments.

  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • 4GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage
  • 3D graphics accelerator
  • NEON floating-point accelerator
  • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers

Software Compatibility

  • Debian
  • Android
  • Ubuntu
  • Cloud9 IDE on Node.js w/ BoneScript library
  • plus much more

Connectivity

  • USB client for power & communications
  • USB host
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI
  • 2x 46 pin headers

Specifications of BeagleBone Black

 Specifications
Product CategorySingle Board Computers
ManufacturerBeagleBoard
Processor BrandTexas Instruments
Processor TypeTI AM3358BZCZ100
Frequency1 GHz
Memory Size4 GB
Interface TypeEthernet, HDMI, I2C, UART, USB
Operating Supply Voltage5 V
Cache Memory512 MB
Core:ARM Cortex A8
Memory TypeDDR3
Video16b HDMI,1280x1024(MAX)
Audiovia HDMI interface, Sterio

 

BeagleBone Black vs BeagleBone 

It is similar to the Beaglebone,but with some features removed and some features added.

 BeagleBone BlackBeagleBone
ProcessorAM3358BZCZ100, 1GHzAM3358, 720MHZ
On-board HDMIYesNo
DRAM512MB DDR3L 800MHZ256MB DDR2
Flash4GB eMMC onboard, uSDuSD
Serial InterfaceHeaderVia USB
Onboard JTAGOptionalYes
CostComparative lessMore

Features :

  • Sitara AM3358BZCZ100ARM Cortex-A8 32-Bit RISC microprocessor, up to 1GHz
  • On-board HDMI to connect directly to TVs and monitors
  • More and faster memory now with 512MB DDR3L 400MHz SDRAM, 4GB eMMC Memory
  • On-board storage frees up the microSD card slot for greater expansion
  • Support for existing Cape plug-in boards
  • TPS65217C PMIC regulator and one additional LDO
  • Debug support: Optional onboard 20-pin CTI JTAG
  • HS USB 2.0 Client and Host ports
  • Serial port: UART0 access via 6-pin 3.3V TTL header
  • 10/100 RJ45 Ethernet
  • Linux Debian Distribution flashed to the eMMC (no longer Angstrom)

Applications:

All Projects did with BeagleBone ,can also do with BeagleBone Black . You can develop many IoT applications using BeagleBone Black .

for examples

  • Home Automation
  • Temperature & Humidity measurement,
  • Network Monitoring Device
  • Android on BleagleBone Black

, etc.

 

Featured Image credit: elinux.org

 

References:

https://beagleboard.org/black

http://elinux.org/Beagleboard:BeagleBoneBlack

 

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