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, 4GB 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.
Note: These are Beaglebone Black Compliant boards made by Element14. Though these may not be made by the good folks at BeagleBoard, each BBB is officially recognized by them and are identical in both form and function. For more information check out BeagleBoard’s Compliant Program.
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Based on 6 ratings:
You know how you you start your schematics with a top level page and you place a CPU block and a power block etc. Well I’m going to make a Beaglebone schematic object and just bang that on whenever I need a CPU/RAM/ROM in a design from now on. Excuse me now, I’m just going to lie on my hammock for a while.
In good condition!
The BB arrived safely. It was well packaged and it booted up the moment I turned it on. There’s a blinking light that tell you if it is working. The instruction sheet is brief but sufficient to get started and there is, of course, heaps more info on the web. I flashed it with Ubuntu: no problems, and installed Seafile to deliver a synched NAS service around the house, as a caldav server (Baikal) as well. All straight forward. The BB can do a lot more than this and I plan to integrate it with some of my embedded projects over the next few months. First up is wireless connection to my letter box. One of the advantages of the BB is it is so low power I can leave it on all the time. I don’t even use a disk drive for the NAS function, just a USB stick.
Received the the board with a small disappointment, the board was marked with E14 instead of Beaglebone.org, but it seems to be performing up to expectations. Since we are working with several units utilizing the same program, there appears to be a delay in processing speed, although not conclusive.
Our programming demands a lot from the little board mostly due to heavy utilization of 7 of the PWM channels, both EQEPs, and a couple of ADCs as well. So far it has lived up to my expectations and needs for the simulator project. The final test will be how well it communicates data with another BBB and the main server computer.
It does have limitations in the PWM channels as it cannot produce higher frequency PWMs in multitude (3kHz x 6). Dropping to 2kHz cleaned up the signals sufficiently for use. This has not injected any audible noise into the hydraulics.
In all, I am pleased with the selection of the Beaglebone Black for our peripheral control.
As we have toasted 4 of these units due to overvoltage/surge conditions, I highly recommend using isolated circuitry to protect the delicate little critter. We are controlling 12 VDC valve coils, 240 VAC hydraulic pump motor, a 0-5 vdc sensor, 5 VDC quadrature encoders and more all via WiFi. So proper signal conditioning is critical.
It has broad possibilities for application, and I highly recommend it for more complicated projects that require more PWMs, ADCs, and EQEPs that most low end SBCs cannot handle.
Thanks to Sparkfun for carrying it and shipping in such a rapid manner.
Hmm. I meant to give five stars, but I can’t edit that.
It’s open. The designers went to great lengths to ensure all the docs for all the parts on the board were available from the manufacturers without an NDA. The same can’t be said about the RPi.
I made this cool antique podcast player with it: http://blog.roderickmann.org/2015/01/podtique/