Maker tested, engineer approved: Introducing $45, 1-GHz BeagleBone Black
open-source Linux computer
Everything you need to go from box to developing in less than 3.14 minutes
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DESIGN WEST -- With
BeagleBone Black, the next-generation offering from BeagleBoard.org, everyone
from electronic artists to engineers has access to a ready-to-use, 1-GHz
computer for only $45. This credit-card-sized, Linux computer is an open
hardware and software development platform that makes it quick and easy to
transform great ideas into products. BeagleBone Black allows developers to
leverage the ideas and knowledge of the highly active and engaged users of the
BeagleBoard.org community who support each other from concept through
development. Opportunities for innovation are endless.
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It's all in the box
For only $45, BeagleBone Black includes all the necessary components in the
box to connect a display, keyboard and network, providing a lower total cost
of ownership than the nearest competitor and allowing for immediate
BeagleBone Black is based on the 1-GHz Sitara™ AM335x ARM® Cortex™-A8
processor from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). TI's Sitara AM335x
processor enhances the user experience by enabling an advanced graphical user
interface and more than 2x higher performance than ARM11™-based solutions.
BeagleBone Black includes 2GB of on-board storage to run pre-loaded Linux
software, as well as a USB cable to power the board. Featuring USB, Ethernet
and HDMI interfaces, BeagleBone Black has the interfaces to connect to a wide
variety of devices such as a mouse, keyboard or LCD display. BeagleBone Black
offers designers flexibility with expansion headers, including 65 digital
I/Os, seven analog inputs and access to a variety of analog and digital
Open-source software and hardware accelerate development time
BeagleBone Black is based on production-ready hardware and software, helping
developers, makers, hobbyists and students around the world speed development
time. In addition, all of the components on BeagleBone Black, including TI's
Sitara AM335x processor, are commercially available.
BeagleBone Black comes pre-loaded with a Linux operating system and Cloud9 IDE
to kickstart development and keep the microSD slot available for additional
storage. The software is optimized to help new users explore embedded Linux
and become proficient quickly. The ecosystem includes free access to
documentation, example code and mainline kernel support for other software
distributions like Ubuntu, Android and Fedora. BeagleBone Black's kernel and
driver flexibility allows users to easily integrate new hardware and software.
More than 30 plug-in boards, called "capes" by the community, are compatible
with BeagleBone Black, with more capes to come. Integrating BeagleBone Black
with these capes—such as 3D printers, a DMX lighting controller, a Geiger
counter, a telerobotic submarine, LCD touch screens and more—extends the
functionality of the board to enable an even broader range of innovative
projects and rapidly accelerate the development process.
Community engagement fosters innovation
The ticket to maximizing the full potential of BeagleBone Black is to tap into
the wealth of information available in one of the most active communities in
the industry, BeagleBoard.org. Interact with other developers to learn, answer
questions, share ideas or just watch for inspiration. By utilizing the
brilliant minds and contributions of open-source developers, BeagleBoard.org
members can solve their development challenges quickly.
"With all you need to get started included in the box for only $45, BeagleBone
Black is a fantastic platform for hardware hackers at a great value," said
engineer Limor Fried, Entrepreneur Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year and
founder of Adafruit Industries. "BeagleBone Black and the BeagleBoard.org
community can help almost any electronic artist—from beginner to professional
developers—easily bring their unique project concepts to reality."
Order yours today!
Do you have a creative project idea that can help change the world? Make it a
reality by ordering BeagleBone Black now. A list of distributors is available
at www.beagleboard.org/black. Initial quantities are limited. BeagleBone
Black is expected to ship in volume by the end of May.
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A small group of enthusiastic engineers interested in creating powerful, open
and embedded devices are pioneering new ground in open hardware and have
worked together on the concept and realization of BeagleBone, BeagleBone
Black, BeagleBoard and BeagleBoard-xM. The resulting open-source hardware
platforms bridge desktop and embedded development, allowing developers to
design to their specification and collaborate with the open source community
on creative new applications. The BeagleBoard.org community has more than
5,000 members and aims to engage passionate developers and fuel their
innovations, whether they are designing projects for work or fun. With
publicly hosted open-source software, social media feeds of ongoing
development, and an active community mailing list and live chat, developers
have easy access to support and exchange of ideas. Visit www.beagleboard.org
to get started today.
Contact: Tara Stratton, GolinHarris, 972-341-2562, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Lauren Reed, GolinHarris, 972-341-2544, email@example.com
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