Mouser extends its reach for makers with BeagleBone Blue

Mouser extends its reach for makers with BeagleBone Blue: The robotics controller, built around the BeagleBone open hardware, single board computer (SBC), has been announced by BeagleBoard.org. The educational SBC, to develop robots and drones, among other things, is now available from Mouser.

The BeagleBone Blue combines flexible networking capabilities with a real-time-capable Linux system and interfaces for building robots, machine control, or even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones).

The BeagleBone Blue provides 4Gbytes of eMMC flash storage, a microSD slot, a 3D graphics accelerator and a NEON floating-point. Like the earlier BeagleBone Black Wireless, the BeagleBone Blue is built on the Octavo Systems OSD3358 system-in-package (SiP), which integrates a Texas Instruments AM3358 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512Mbytes of DDR3 SDRAM, and two 32bit programmable real-time units (PRUs) for fast peripheral control.

The Octavo chip also includes a Texas Instruments TPS65217C power management IC (PMIC), one of its TL5209 low dropout (LDO) voltage regulators, and over 140 passive components. As a result, there is space on the board for BeagleBone Blue’s many connectivity and sensor features, says Mouser.

The BeagleBone Blue features high-speed USB 2.0 host and client and a WiLink 8 module from Texas Instruments. This module provides support for 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and Bluetooth low energy. In addition to two sensors, a

nine-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) and a barometer, the board includes four DC motor drivers and eight server motor outputs, as well as four quadrature encoder inputs for speed and direction measurements. For additional connectivity, the board provides eight general purpose inputs and outputs (GPIOs) and CAN, UART, SPI, and I2C interfaces.

The BeagleBone Blue is powered via the microUSB port, 9.0 to 18V DC barrel jack, or a two-cell lithium polymer battery connector with cell balancer. The board ships with Linux and BeagleBoard’s Cloud9 integrated development environment (IDE) on the eMMC, and also supports Debian and other distributions of Linux, the Ardupilot platform for UAVs and ROS, the operating system for robots. 

Mouser extends its reach for makers with BeagleBone Blue
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