BeagleBone Black Wireless computer board is available from RS Components
BeagleBone Black Wireless computer board is available from RS Components: BeagleBone Black Wireless, the easy to use and customise, credit-card-sized, open-source IoT Linux computer, has been added to the portfolio available from RS Components.
One of the distinguishing features of the latest member of the BeagleBone Black family of computer boards, is that it comes with built-in wireless connectivity.
The credit-card-sized board is based on the BeagleBone Black and is an easy-to-use Linux computer, says distributor RS Components that integrates Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, together with I/O for sensor and control applications. It is also suitable for the development of connected applications, including IoT nodes and hubs, using open-source software platforms such as Debian, Android and Ubuntu.
The board builds in high-performance wireless networking capability offering both 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and dispenses with Ethernet-10/100 connectivity. However, like the BeagleBone Black, this wireless version retains the HDMI output, serial debug port, PC USB interface, USB 2.0 host, reset and power buttons, says RS Components, and adds two more status LEDs for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The main processor is Texas Instruments’ Sitara AM335x running at 1.0GHz, which integrates an ARM Cortex-A8 based processor core. The board also offers two 32-bit PRU (programmable real-time unit) microcontrollers, micro-HDMI connectivity, 512Mbyte of DDR3 RAM, and 4.0Gbyte of eMMC on-board flash memory storage, which includes Debian Linux pre-installed.
According to RS Components, a major innovation on the board is the use of the Octavo Systems OSD3358 SiP (system in package), which integrates all the BeagleBone functionality into a single, easy-to-use BGA package, says the distributor. The open source hardware computer is supported by the community created by the BeagleBoard.org Foundation, and developed using affordable design tools, makers and developers can easily create customised variations, says RS Components.
The BeagleBone Black Wireless board is software-, hardware- and mechanically compatible with the BeagleBone Black. It is compatible with all the existing BeagleBone Black system-expansion capes, which enable hardware expansion and additional peripherals.
The BeagleBone Black Wireless computer is shipping now from RS Components across EMEA and Asia Pacific.