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We have a purchase for 4000 units. We expect some of these to arrive next on Apr 23, 2014.

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NOTE: We are filling the rest of the orders with the next shipment. If you would like to place a new order for a BeagleBone Black check out the Rev C page to pre-order. 

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Description: The Beaglebone Black is a low-cost credit-card-sized development platform with good support from a fast growing community. The Beaglebone Black differs slightly from the regular version by providing you with an onboard micro HDMI port, 512MB of DDR3L DRAM, 2GB onboard flash memory, an AM3358 processor at 1GHz, and making JTAG optional with a user supplied header. Ultimately, the Beaglebone Black is still perfect for physical computing and smaller embedded applications.

With plenty of I/O and processing power for real-time analysis provided by the TI Sitara™ AM3358 ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor, Beaglebone Black can be complemented with cape plug-in boards which augment Black’s functionality.They're called capes because Underdog is a beagle and he wears a cape. Makes sense, right?

At over 3 million Dhrystone operations per second and vector floating point arithmetic operations, Beaglebone Black is capable of not just interfacing to all of your robotics motor drivers, location or pressure sensors and 2D or 3D cameras, but also running OpenCV, OpenNI and other image collection and analysis software to recognize the objects around your robot and the gestures you might make to control it. Through onboard micro HDMI or VGA and LCD expansion boards, it is capable of decoding and displaying multiple video formats utilizing a completely open source software stack and synchronizing playback over Ethernet or USB with other BeagleBoards to create massive video walls. If what you are into is building 3D printers, then Beaglebone Black has the extensive PWM capabilities, the on-chip Ethernet and the 3D rendering and manipulation capabilities all help you eliminate both your underpowered microcontroller-based controller board as well as that PC from your basement.

Features:

  • AM3358 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8 Processor
  • 2GB 8-bit eMMC Onboard Flash
  • 3D Graphics Accelerator
  • NEON Floating-Point Accelerator
  • 2x PRU 32-bit Microcontroller
  • Connectivity:
    • USB Client for power and communications
    • USB Host
    • Ethernet
    • Micro HDMI
    • 2x 46-pin Headers
  • Software Compatability
    • Angstrom Linux
    • Android
    • Ubuntu
    • Cloud9 IDE on Node.js with BoneScript
    • and More...

Includes:

  • 1x 3ft USB-A to Mini-B USB Cable

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Comments 35 comments

  • thank you times infinity

  • “We have a purchase for 4000 units. We expect some of these to arrive next on….” Well, it was Feb 19. And then today it became Feb 24. Does this date come with any more confidence that the last date?

    • they did come in, everyone preordered them and they were all spoken for. mine shipped out today. best to order it now to guarantee you’ll have one on the 24th.

      • I ordered mine back with the year end sale and am still on backorder. :( Some indication of how far back my order is at least would be nice.

        • did you go to your account page and update payment on that order? thats what i had to do.

          • My order shows a balance of $0 and a status of ‘BO Arrived’ which I hope is correct, since the CC I used got caught up in the Target mess and has been cancelled. I don’t see any way to update payment.

            • You might want to contact customerservice@sparkfun just to make sure everything on your order is good to go!

          • Ugh…I placed the order on the sixth, but I had no idea that they didn’t process the CC. Updated, now have a balance of zero, and I suppose I’ll be waiting until april. thanks for the heads up.

            • Yep….same problem, thought mine would go out automatically because I placed my order but didn’t notice it wasn’t processed….also waiting with you

              EDIT* Order just shipped. Thank you, SF.

  • Note that this product goes on back-order. What is going on with it? Too much demand or inability of the company to supply and make enough product? Is there a problem with manufacturing?

    • FWIW, I’ve been (somewhat casually) watching availability of the BBB. The SF website has gone from (IIRC) 5000 “on order” to 4000 right now. This suggests to me that they got a shipment of 1000, all of which were spoken for. Mouser, likewise, has gone from 13,000+ to 12,000+ on order, also suggesting that they got about 1000, all of which were spoken for. (I saw a somewhat similar thing happen with the Intel Galileo – I had ordered one in Nov. from Mouser and got it earlier this month, but the last I looked, they were still listing it as being on back order, suggesting that all their shipment was spoken for.)

      Adafruit had the BBB go from “out of stock” to “in-stock” a couple of weeks ago, and I pounced on it and ordered two, which I got in about 10 days (thanks to weather delays and being a cheapskate and going for the free shipping). They went back to “out of stock” within a day. This morning, Adafruit showed it as “in stock” again, but they are limiting them 10 to a customer. I expect that they’ll be out again pretty soon.

      If you look at a BBB, you can note that it’s a fairly complex board. My guess would be that it takes a typical pick & place machine 20 or 30 seconds to place all of those parts. Since there are parts on both sides, it adds to the complexity of the build. A pure WAG would be that the typical CM (Contract Manufacturing) house can make maybe 100 per hour, likely less. That means that the current back orders will account for maybe a month’s production – assuming that nothing goes wrong, and we all are familiar with Murphy and his law…

    • On the bbb blog’s forum, this has been a constant discussion. Apparently they (as of right now) have 140,000 backorders for the board and claim to be manufacturing 700 per day. They seem a bit “upset” that equipment manufacturers are grabbing them up quicker than they can make them, to incorporate them into commercial products. They have created a hot item. I’ve been working with it and it’s HUGELY useful. They need to ramp up production and maybe raise the price a bit (they’re complaining that they aren’t making any money on it).

      • Thanks for the report! Assuming a 5 day work week, that’s about 9 months of backorders. I have two BBBs working 24/7, and they seem to be doing well. I have another project I’ve started working on that I’d prefer to use the BBB for, but due to availability, I’m going to use a Raspberry Pi Model B instead. The current plan is to use an Arduino Pro-mini as well to control the NeoPixels, but that still leaves the fun of communicating between the Pi and the Pro-mini. Fortunately, with this combination of processors, I can get the GPIO count I need.

        IMHO, the BBB gives the best “bang for the buck”, with the Pi Model B following somewhat behind. The others in this general class (Galileo, Arduino, Propeller, Stamp, etc.) lag way back. The BBB would still lead the pack even if they did raise the price – and it would be worth it if it improved availability.

        Hey, it occurs to me that if I recall correctly, BBB is supposed to be open source hardware. I realize that the BBB is much more complex than most of the stuff that SF builds “in house”, but I’m wondering if they’ve considered building their own?

  • the new ones that u are getting are the latest board revision Rev A6?

    • We are getting whatever is the current model, at this point there might be another revision before we get all the backorders filled. Unfortunately the demand is way higher than the manufacture can supply these. We’ll get whatever is being shipped at the time.

    • someone should answers/confirm this..

  • Anyone knows when will the REV C which has 4GB onboard flash become available?

  • I would like to use a Beaglebone Black to control multiple Arduinos via ethernet (basically transferring data back and forth). Can someone give me some pointers or a tutorial on the best way to get started?

  • What is this, a super microcontroller?

    • Full Linux computer for $45…. Lots more interfacing capability than the Raspberry Pi.

  • I currently have three BBB.

  • mine shipped out today, thank you. now ill have to go spend some more money because i MUST accessorize.

  • can the beaglebone connect and talk to sensors like a 10dof breakout board like http://www.amazon.com/L3G4200D-ADXL345-HMC5883L-BMP085-Breakout/dp/B008G7T3QQ/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_1 without using an external arduino? ive got this question because ive got a project and im gonna use bbb because i need a much powerful platform than an arduino for the project but i really need this sensor to work.

  • is there a P9 expansion connector ont e BB black? For connecting a SMD ADS1015 ADC to free up pins while a cape is connected. I want to use a LCD cape and have some PINS available for my project. (https://github.com/modmaker/BeBoPr/wiki/Better-Analog-Inputs) Is there a way to access the unused pins in the BB black?

  • Any plans to carry a case or prototyping board to mount these in?

  • Do you carry the capes for this product and if so how to locate them ?

  • Anyone else having USB problems with the BBB? Taking a functioning USB hub and hardware from the Raspberry PI to the BBB results in lots of grumpy USB error messages after a few minutes in dmesg log. Same hardware will run for months on Windows 7 or Raspberry PI. Also, tried several flavors of Linux including Angstrom and Arch up to kernel 3.12.2.

    • I had many problems as an early-early adopter of the BBB getting the darned thing to live LIVE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

      Sorry. I had problems with the USB hub I was using on the Pi and had to swap in another I had on hand before the BBB would acknowledge it has USB connectivity.

      I also had to hack in using PUTTY because the browser-delivered SSH wouldn’t connect properly. Once I had one session established and terminated via PUTTY, the browser version started working. But then the workbench wouldn’t function correctly and I was advised by the community to download an update to the software, which borked the SSH and the workbench.

      I finally got the SSH working again and the workbench working for the first time by knowing the secret browser gotcha - the list of acceptable browsers was bollocks and the only one that would work properly was Chrome.

      Then I tried bringing up the BBB with a standard video/keyboard/mouse as a console rather than headless via USB. More trouble as the BBB won’t play with the HDMI - VGA converter that works perfectly with the Pi. At work we have archaic equipment and I wanted to do a lot of this stuff in lunch breaks. Oh well.

      I have to say that given the number of expensive extras I had to buy just to get the BBB to fire up - mico SD card that was just so big and no bigger or it wouldn’t boot, special cables for video hook-up because placement of sockets on board mean that adapters to re-size mini-connectors to the easier to find regular size cannot be used and so forth - coupled with the misinformation on the “help” pages and the unworky SSH (which I am certain is down to a config file problem) , I’d advise anyone not needing the promise of the awesome power of the BBB to use a different platform like a Pi, which is comparatively a doddle to get up and running.

  • This is a pretty awesome little guy. I have two of them for HAB stuff. Especially nice with the cape options (including making your own). Will be buying my next one here!

  • Now i know what i’m getting as my first single-board computer.

  • Hey Sparkfun, your description says that the AM3359 has 800MHz but under “Features” is says 1GHz …

    Cheers.

  • Deja Vu? Didn’t you already carry the Beagle Bone Black?


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