Farnell element14 adds trio to BeagleBoard.org Range
Three products, targeting makers and industrial markets, have been added to the BeagleBoard range offered by Farnell element14. The BeagleBone Black Wireless, element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape and element14 4.3inch Display Cape have been added to the BeagleBone Black and the distributor’s BeagleBone Black Industrial offering.
The BeagleBone Black Wireless now has integral wi-fi and Bluetooth capabilities, removing the need for design or hardware workarounds, says the company. The 10/100 Ethernet port from the BeagleBone Black is replaced with a Texas Instrument WiLink WL1835 which is a high-performance 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz wi-fi module with Bluetooth. Debian Linux is pre-installed and there is 4Gbyte of onboard eMMC memory, to allow designers to develop using a web browser in less than 5 minutes using just one USB cable, says the company. The BeagleBone Black Wireless is compatible with existing cape plug-in boards designed for BeagleBone Black.
For designers working with the BeagleBone Black and element14 BeagleBone Black Industrial, wireless communication is now available through the element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape. The cape expands the capability of the BeagleBone device by adding a variety of wireless connectivity standards. It uses WiLink 8 (WL1837) industrial dual-band (2.4 and 5.0GHz), 2×2 MIMO wi-fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy module also including Zigbee and NFC (near field communication) functionality. Additional capes and accessories can be stacked or added as required with the inclusion of I/O headers on the cape, as well as on the BeagleBone Black board.
The element14 Display Cape allows designers using the BeagleBone boards (BeagleBone Black, element14 BeagleBone Black Industrial and BeagleBone Black Wireless) to connect a 4.3inch colour touchscreen display directly to the board. With capacitive overlay, the Display Cape provides an LED backlit screen for a smartphone-like interface, perfect for interactive projects, embedded systems and standalone installations.