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SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green Wireless

By Make: Editors / Jun 30, 2016

SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green Wireless

The original BeagleBone — sometimes known as “the white board” — was expensive, however its successor, the BeagleBone Black, was much cheaper and more capable. While never a runaway success like the Raspberry Pi, possibly due to the notorious supply problems, the BeagleBone line was arguably better suited for hardware prototyping than the Raspberry Pi, and was open source hardware — meaning that you could adapt the design to your own needs.

That led to a number of boards copying the design the BeagleBone Black. However the BeagleBone derivative board to make major changes to the design was the BeagleBone Green from SeeedStudio. The latest version of the board, released at Maker Faire Bay Area in 2016, is the BeagleBone Green Wireless.

Like its predecessor, the BeagleBone Green Wireless includes two Grove connectors, allowing you connect it directly to sensors and actuators using SeeedStudio’s Grove eco-system without any soldering. However the major change is of course the addition of a 2.4GHz wireless module supporting both Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth LE, although the new board does lack a wired Ethernet connection.

Specs
SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green Wireless SeeedStudio
Type:Single Board Computer
Price:$44.90
Software:Custom Debian Linux
Clock speed:1GHz
Processor:ARM AM335x Cortex-A8
I/O Pins (digital):65 (8 PWM)
I/O Pins (analog):8, 7 channel 200KHz 12-bit ADC
WiFi:802.11 b/g/n
Video:No (HDMI socket removed)
Bluetooth:Bluetooth 4.1
Ethernet:No
Operating Voltage:5V (input power), 3.3V (pin logic)
Dimensions:3.4 inches(length) × 2.1 inches(width)
Memory:512MB RAM (4GB eMMC)
Additional Features:4xUSB, 4xUART, 2xSPI, 2xI2C, 2x Grove sockets (1 UART, 1 I2C socket), microSD

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Why To Buy

Of comparable boards only the Raspberry Pi 3 is faster than the BeagleBone Green Wireless, however in comparison the SeeedStudio board has much better GPIO and UART support, and has onboard ADC support which the Raspberry Pi lacks. With onboard video support the Raspberry Pi is better suited, as you’d expect from the Foundation’s aims, as a multimedia (and desktop computer) while the BeagleBone is designed from the ground up to talk to external hardware. Another reason to choose this board over competitors is the open source nature of the board design, you can prototype using this board and then design your own version of the hardware for industrial or commercial applications.

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