Beaglebone black is a candour single board computer; a processor, memory, and graphics acceleration are all shrunken down as chips to a single circuit board. It has been equipped with a good feature to allow the user to experience the power of the board, Interestingly magnitude of expansion headers with two 48-sockets, includes a number of analog I/O pins that allow it to connect to a variety of sensor hardware also creating opportunities to add many features and interfaces via add-on boards or Capes. Capes are available for, VGA, LCD, motor control, prototyping, battery power and other functionality. The features of the board is explained down the topic. Lets unbox and see what it has,,,
Wow! here are some unboxing pictures taken, The board is shipped along with the USB cable.
board features highlighted:
The board is featured with 1GHz processor, 512MB on-board DDR3 RAM, built in 2GB storage with pre-installed Linux operating system, MicroHDMI connector etc…
- Sitara AM335x ARM cortex – A8 processor: The board is based on the Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), It provides 1-GHz performance – 150 percent higher performance than ARM11 for more advanced user interfaces and computation power.
- DC power: +5V DC power can be supplied to the BeagleBone through a barrel connector or from the mini-USB, both of which are located near the large RJ45 Ethernet connector.
- 2 GB on-board storage using eMMC: In addition to all the features of the previous board (Beaglebone), the Beaglebone black now uses embedded nonvolatile memory system using eMMC , which frees the MicroSD slot to be used for additional storage. Here, Its preloaded with Angstrom Linux distribution image.
- 512MB DDR3: The board is having 512 megabytes of low-power DDR3L RAM, doubling the size and speed of the volatile memory and ensuring it will execute software faster.
- PMIC: The board uses a TI TPS65217B PMIC to generate stable supply voltages regardless of input power variation.
- Power button: The board provides a push button near the Ethernet connector for powering off and powering on the board. There exists a mutual functioning between the processor, PMIC and the power button for the proper shutdown when the power button is pressed.
- Reset button: When pressed and released, causes a reset of the board.
- Boot button: Boot button is used to boot the Beaglebone black directly from an external microSD card. You can boot the Beaglebone Black from an external SD card by holding down the BOOT button when applying the power
- HDMI framer: The BeagleBone Black has an on-board HDMI framer that converts the LCD signals and audio signals to drive an HDMI monitor. The design uses an NXP TDA199988 HDMIFramer.
- Micro HDMI: with this microHDMI we can connect directly to monitors and TVs.
- USB host: USB 2.0 type A host port.
- 10/100 Ethernet: 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 socket, IPv4 and IPv6 networking.
- MicroSD slot: MicroSD slot for additional user data or operating systems.
- Serial Debug: Serial debug is provided via UART0 on the processor via a single 1×6 pin header. In order to use the interface a USB to TTL adapter will be required.
- Expansion headers: The expansion interface on the board is comprised of two 46 pin connectors. All signals on the expansion headers are 3.3v unless otherwise indicated.
Supporters for the board:
1. Beagle Armour: Transparent acrylic enclosure case box for Beaglebone with GPIO access hatched for prototyping.
2. Getting Started with Beaglebone black: This Getting started book written by Matt Richardson intended for beginners certainly includes an introduction to both programming and physical demonstrations of this powerful development board.
3. Kits and accessories for Beaglebone: The kit includes all the necessary accessories to kick start with the Board
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