November 3, 2011 AT 1:44 pm

Beagle Bone v1.0 – fits in a mint tin :)

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Some folks asked, here ya go – Beagle Bone v1.0 – fits in a mint tin :)

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NEW PRODUCT – Beagle Bone v1.0. New from the fine people who have brought us the Beagle Board, we now have a smaller, lighter, but powerful single board linux computer, Beagle Bone! We like this move to a more compact and integrated SBC. For example, there is onboard Ethernet and USB host, as well as a USB client interface (a FTDI chip for shell access). It even comes preloaded with Angstrom Linux on the 2GB microSD card, all you need is a 5V adapter and a mini-B cable and you’re ready to rock!

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At over 1.5 billion Dhrystone operations per second and vector floating point arithmetic operations, the BeagleBone is capable of not just interfacing to all of your robotics motor drivers, location or pressure sensors and 2D or 3D cameras, but also running OpenCV, OpenNI and other image collection and analysis software to recognize the objects around your robot and the gestures you might make to control it. Through HDMI, VGA or LCD expansion boards, it is capable of decoding and displaying mutliple video formats utilizing a completely open source software stack and synchronizing playback over Ethernet or USB with other BeagleBoards to create massive video walls. If what you are into is building 3D printers, then the BeagleBone has the extensive PWM capabilities, the on-chip Ethernet and the 3D rendering and manipulation capabilities all help you eliminate both your underpowered microcontroller-based controller board as well as that PC from your basement.

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  • Board size: 3.4″ x 2.1″
  • Shipped with 2GB microSD card with the Angstrom Distribution with node.js and Cloud9 IDE
  • Single cable development environment with built-in FTDI-based serial/JTAG and on-board hub to give the same cable simultaneous access to a USB device port on the target processor
  • Industry standard 3.3V I/Os on the expansion headers with easy-to-use 0.1″ spacing
  • On-chip Ethernet, not off of USB
  • 256MB of DDR2
  • 700-MHz super-scalar ARM Cortex™-A8
  • Easier to clone thanks to larger pitch on BGA devices (0.8mm vs. 0.4mm), no package-on-package memories, standard DDR2 vs. LPDDR, integrated USB PHYs and more.

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4 Comments

  1. i wonder how much profit altoids has made from people just wanting the tin for projects vs. just wanting the mints

  2. Can you just add a vga card and use it as a tiny desktop?

  3. @K Scharf – The beaglebone/board has 256 Mb of ram vs the CHB’s 64 Mb and it’s just got a faster, newer processor than the CHB. I think the expansion headers are mostly GPIO with a few I2C, SPI, etc. ports thrown in.

  4. @Tim: I’m sure adding the HDMI/DVI “cape” will help in turning this into a very function thin-client device. Moreso than even the $35 RaspberryPi computer which only uses an ARM11 CPU.

    @baobrien: Sorry for being pedantic, but that should be MB (megabytes) not Mb (megabits). ;)

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