The $149 Beagle Board is a powerful, low-cost, and fanless embedded development board smaller than a drink coaster. The pocket-size, USB-powered Beagle Board is based on Texas Instruments’ (TI) low power OMAP3530 applications processor, which features an ARM Cortex-A8, 2D/3D graphics engine and high-performance TMS320C64x+ digital signal processor (DSP) core. The 3 inch by 3 inch board bridges desktop and embedded development by allowing developers to use the same peripherals and usage mode for flexible USB and standard PC expansion. With a full computer in their hands, developers are able to design to their specification and collaborate with the open source community on creative new applications. The Beagle Board (Digi-Key part number 296-23428-ND) is now available for $149 from Digi-Key Corporation.
Beagle Board Features
- OMAP3530 processor delivers laptop-like performance at handheld power levels
- Over 1,200 Dhrystone MIPS using the superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 with highly accurate branch prediction and 256KB L2 cache running at up to 600MHz
- OpenGL© ES 2.0 capable 2D/3D graphics accelerator capable of rendering 10 million polygons per second
- HD video capable TMS320C64x+&trade DSP for versatile signal processing at up to 430MHz
- USB power
The Beagle Board gives the open source community access to the industry’s highest performance ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) broadly available today, the OMAP3530 device, which integrates a 600 MHz superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 core that utilizes highly accurate branch prediction and multiple instruction pipelines. As the superset device of TI’s OMAP35x platform, the OMAP3530 device provides more than 1200 Dhrystone million instructions per second (MIPS) to run a full Linux operating system with desktop windows managers and office applications, and also integrates an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics engine to achieve photo-realistic, real-time pixel-shaded graphics for gaming and 3D user interface acceleration. A 430 MHz C64x+ DSP core is capable of handling high-definition (HD) video (MPEG-4 decode at 720p) for embedded applications, such as home media centers, robotics, web kiosks and digital signage.
Developers can utilize the standard expansion buses to add their own peripherals they already own via standard expansion buses, such as a high-speed USB 2.0, MMC/SD/SDIO and DVI-D. In addition to utilizing the DVI-D port to add a digital monitor, an S-Video port can be used to add a TV or the USB miniAB connector can be used to add a high-speed hub for a keyboard, mouse, WiFi or Ethernet connection and web camera. The MMC/SD connector can be used to add multiple gigabytes of storage or SDIO-based WiFi and Bluetooth functionalities.
The Beagle Board allows developers to take their projects with them on the go, as they no longer need to worry about a large power supply, because there are several ways to power the board through the USB connector. For instance, the board can be connected to a laptop, to a car adaptor to run off the car power, to a battery-based cell phone charger or a solar-powered backpack.
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