Beaglebone Black

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The BeagleBone Black features TI's Sitara™ XAM3358AZCZ100 microprocessor, which is based on ARM® Cortex™-A8 core with enhanced image, graphics processing, peripherals and industrial interface options such as EtherCAT and PROFIBUS. The board is equipped with 256Mb x16 DDR3L 4Gb (512MB) SDRAM, 32KB EEPROM, and 2GB embedded MMC (eMMC) Flash as default boot source. The board is also populated with a single microSD connector to act as the secondary boot source for the board and, if selected as such, can be the primary boot source. The BeagleBone Black supports four boot modes, including eMMC boot, microSD boot, serial boot, and USB boot. A switch is provided to allow switching between the modes.
Different from the original BeagleBone, the BeagleBone Black has an onboard HDMI interface to connect directly to TVs and monitors. Other features include a 10/100 Ethernet interface, a serial debug port, a PC USB interface, an USB 2.0 host port, a reset button, a power button, and five indicating blue LEDs. The BeagleBone Black has the ability to accept up to four expansion boards or capes that can be stacked onto the expansion headers. The majority of capes designed for the original BeagleBone will work on the BeagleBone Black.
  • Processor:
    • TI Sitara AM3358AZCZ100, 1GHz, 2000 MIPS
    • 1 GHz ARM® Cortex™-A8
    • SGX530 Graphics Engine
    • Programmable Real-Time Unit Subsystem
  • Memory
    • SDRAM: 512MB DDR3L 800MHZ
    • Onboard Flash: 2GB, 8bit Embedded MMC (eMMC)
  • SD/MMC Connector for microSD
  • Power management: TPS65217C PMIC is used along with a separate LDO to provide power to the system
  • Debug Support: Optional Onboard 20-pin CTI JTAG, Serial Header
  • Power Source
    • miniUSB USB or DC Jack
    • 5VDC External Via Expansion Header
  • Connectivity
    • High speed USB 2.0 Client port: Access to USB0, Client mode via miniUSB
    • High Speed USB 2.0 Host port: Access to USB1, Type A Socket, 500mA LS/FS/HS
    • Serial Port: UART0 access via 6 pin 3.3V TTL Header. Header is populated
    • 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
  • User Input / Output
    • 1 Reset Button
    • 1 Boot Button
    • 1 Power Button
    • 1 LED power indicator
    • 4 user
  • Video/Audio Interfaces
    • HDMI D type interface
    • LCD interface
    • Stereo audio over HDMI interface
  • Expansion Interfaces
    • LCD,  UART, eMMC
    • ADC, I2C, SPI, PWM
  • Operating Power: 5V@0.35A
  • Board Size: 3.4” x 2.1”
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  • Testers will be selected on the basis of quality of applications: we expect a full and complete description of why you want to test this particular product.
  • Testers are required to produce a full, comprehensive and well thought out review within 2 months of receipt of the product.
  • Failure to provide this review within the above timescale will result in the enrolee being excluded from future Road Tests.
Comment List
  • Would anyone recommend this over the hackberry a10, snowball, cubieboard a20 or sbc of similar price to be used as a general purpose board? I want something that has a snappy cpu/gpu with a lot of flexibility in terms of functionality, like the option to use gpio.


    I've only recently discovered these devices and am excited about the potential but struggling to work out which would be bes for my purposes. Basically I want to get into programming, controlling hardware etc but also want something that can play games and media without being too slow to load.

  • As I have assumed responsibility for the RoadTest programme, I have been working on outstanding issues; these kits were not shipped previously - they were shipped yesterday. 


    Congratulations to the testers; we look forward to your reviews of this exciting product.

  • I know I can write the best reviews with pictures and details on the products so just putting it out there!

  • Making of video, see how they make the Beaglebone Black


  • Raimondas Klemka wrote:




    I think it has a +, that it has duos tu runn along with main cpu.its all in one. and you can send comads to dous to control some PWMs ore something.



    The SoC on the BeagleBoneBlack (and original white BeagleBone) has two Programmable Real-Time Units that are much more capable than an arduino.

    You should take a look at this blog post for more details

  • how can you say that..??
    it has already feature of older one and new one so why??

  • it's very good and amazing reflection of our upcoming future tech for our field. So much excitment about this.

  • Experimenting with the Raspberry Pi is what innitialy motivated me to try out the BeableBoard Black. These devices are so much fun!