The BeagleBoard is an open source, single-board computer built on TI’s OMAP3 processor line. Small, low-power, and high-performance, the versatile BeagleBoard fits a wide variety of embedded systems applications
The BeagleBoard combines the latest technology in mobile computing, traditional computer interfaces, as well as direct pin-bus hardware hackability into a single 3-inch by 3-inch module.
BeagleBoard C5 carries an OMAP3530 processor, the 720 MHz, ARM-Cortex A8 processor also found in the Motorola Droid and Palm Pre. The board also features 2GB NAND and SDRAM, which is mounted directly to the processor itself.
The lightweight Angstrom distribution of Linux is designed to provide embedded software programmers with a familiar and fully-functional interface to custom hardware development. Google’s open source Android is another popular platform for mobile application development compatible with the BeagleBoard.
- Mobile computing
- Industrial control panels
- Medical tablets
- Rapid embedded device prototyping
The BeagleBoard can output to S-video or DVI-D (through a partial HDMI interface), and also includes onboard stereo out and stereo in connections.
A single USB outlet, typically attached to a powered USB hub, can power any number of USB-driven peripherals.
The BeagleBoard can be programmed over serial (RS232) and also has a USB mini AB port that doubles as a power connection.
The BeagleBoard can be debugged over a 14-pin JTAG header, GPIO pins, UART or onboard LEDs.
An SD/MMC slot offers read-write and boot options to the board from much larger external media sources.
The BeagleBoard operates from a 5V power supply, or directly from the mini AB USB connection.
Unpopulated expansion pins make the BeagleBoard hardware hackable. These pins support a broad range of capabilities including UART, McBSP, McSPI, I2C, MMC, and PWM, along with general purpose I/O. Pins dedicated to 5V/1.8V power allow add-on modules like the BeagleTouch to tap into the BeagleBoard’s power supply.Resources