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Announcing the New Beaglebone Green
The new Beaglebone Green (bottom) with the original Beaglebone Black (top).
The new Beaglebone Green (bottom) with the original Beaglebone Black (top).

We spoke with Jason Krinder of beagleboard.org, about the new Beaglebone Green. The new board is produced by Seeed Studio based around the open hardware design of the Beaglebone Black.

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The board isn’t the first to copy the original Beaglebone design, however the new Seeed Studio board is the first derivative to make major changes to the design. Seeed’s board comes with two Grove System connectors, allowing you to connect directly to the companies large range of sensor boards without using a cape. The board also swaps out the barrel jack connector for a more commonly available micro USB, and drops the little-used HDMI connector. It also includes a battery backed up Real Time Clock (RTC).

Unfortunately, this is only a sneak preview of the new board. It won’t launch properly until Maker Faire Shenzhen later this year on June 19th. It will cost around $50.

8 thoughts on “Announcing the New Beaglebone Green

  1. will it suffer from the same usb power issues as the black?

    CAUTION: musb: Babble Interrupt Occurred

    1. Exactly my first thought when seeing the BBG announcement. Had my hopes up that the BeagleBoard crew had been busy investigating this issue and now had it nailed.

      That would have been a reasonably good explanation of the missing, at least as perceived by the outside, attention to the babble issue from BeagleBoard. I regard it, as you also seem to, as a serious and crippling issue of the BBB hardware. In my organization, after lots of testing, we are reconsidering basing our commercial product on BBB because of the instability it brings to the USB functionality.

      BBG being a BBB based design and employing what seems like only minor additions/modifications to external I/O, I doubt that it will bring any functional difference regarding the babble issue.

  2. I get that this is for embedded projects instead of following in the footsteps of the Raspberry Pi’s “cheap educational computer for everyone everywhere” ideal.

    That said, I’d like to understand how less features plus grove daughterboard ecosystem lock-in equals a board with the same price as the existing, mature, and fully featured BeagleBone Black. Seeed will have a hard time selling this board if they can’t make the price -very- competitive with the current $45 price tag of a BBB.

    Get the price down to $35 and I’ll love you forever, Seeed. I’ll even buy a few grove modules while I’m at it.

    1. I think on the one hand it’s a good idea to deliver something for those interested in embedded projects. But then again BBG is too focused on special needs to satisfy a wider audience.

      Recently I stumbled upon BeagleCore via betalist.com. However it’s just an idea so far and will be on Kickstarter. But I like the idea of being able to build my own baseboard around the core of BeagleBone and still being able to use capes, programming, etc. However the pricing – like you mentioned – is also crucial.

    2. BBB has serious stability issues regarding USB making it unsuitable for any sort of professional or industrial use.

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