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BeagleBoard.org® BeagleBone® Blue

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Part Number: RR-0005
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The BeagleBoard.org® BeagleBone® Blue, developed in a close partnership between BEAGLEBOARD.ORG® and the UC SAN DIEGO COORDINATED ROBOTICS LAB, combines the essential features for low-cost, community-supported embedded applications of the BeagleBoard.org® BeagleBone® Black Wireless (dropping the HDMI, stackable headers, and 5V barrel jack) and all of the features of the BeagleBoard.org® Robotics Cape into a compact, lightweight, single-board solution.

In short, from the Black Wireless, key features it incorporates include:

  • AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8 processor,

  • 512MB DDR3 RAM,

  • 4GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage,

  • NEON floating-point accelerator,

  • 2x PRU 32-bit microcontrollers,

  • USB2 client for power & communications, USB2 host, and

  • built-in combo wireless module providing both WiFi (802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz) and Bluetooth (4.1 and BLE), complete with LEDs indicating status.

From the Robotics Cape, it incorporates:

  • built-in 2-cell LiPo support with balanced charging and convenient LED power gauge,

  • 9-18V charger input,

  • 4 DC motor outputs,

  • 8 PWM outputs for servos and ESCs (with the board performing PWM generation on coprocessors, not bogging down the ARM),

  • 4 quadrature encoder inputs (with the board performing high-speed encoder counting on coprocessors, not bogging down the ARM),

  • built-in 9-axis IMU (3-axis gyroscope + 3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis magnetometer) plus barometer,

  • easy-connect JST interfaces for all of the essential busses: I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, GPIOs, GPS, DSM2 radio, power, ADC, and

  • user-programmable LEDs and buttons.

Like the Black Wireless, the Blue incorporates a SIP developed by OCTAVO SYSTEMS integrating many high-speed components (processor, processor power supply, memory, many passives), thus significantly simplifying the board layout. Also like the Black and Black Wireless, the EE-CAD files for the Blue are freely available, in AUTODESK EAGLE, thereby facilitating the rapid design of derivative boards with a different selection of components (though in most desktop-sized robotic applications this should prove to be entirely unnecessary, given the rich selection of supported easy-to-use features on the Blue!).

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