New in the Maker Shed: DVI-D Cape for BeagleBone

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New in the Maker Shed: DVI-D Cape for BeagleBone

The BeagleBoard BeagleBone is a single board Linux computer with a 720MHZ ARM Cortex A8 processor. It’s powerful enough to do 3D manipulation and video processing, so why not let it output directly to your monitor? The recently released DVI-D Cape for the BeagleBone is now available in the Maker Shed. It plugs right into your BeagleBone just like an Arduino shield does to an Arduino, allowing it to output 16 bit DVI-D data through an HDMI connector.

All you have to do is hook it up to your LCD monitor using an HDMI to DVI-D adapter (not included,) add a keyboard and power, and you’ll have a neat little standalone development platform. Only 21 pins used by the cape; 5 for control and 16 for LCD data, so you can use the rest for prototyping and additional expansion. This is going to be a great combo once they get the XBMC port mainstream (and find a way to output sound..)


  • Provides a DVI-D output for BeageBoard BeagleBone
  • Uses only 21 pins for DVI-D interface
  • 16-bit color output
  • Two user LEDs
  • HDMI connector for smaller size
  • Ethernet cutout allows cape to fit flat on your BeagleBone

2 thoughts on “New in the Maker Shed: DVI-D Cape for BeagleBone

  1. seltzdesign says:

    Oh yeah! I can see the prospect of making a DVI/HDMI video mixer for VJing finally materializing. Its a very niche product, but there are very limited alternatives and spending upwards of 1000 dollars for even the simplest of video mixers seems crazy.

    Anyone up for it? Or maybe someone is already working on it. Open source video mixer FTW :D

    p.s. video-over-ethernet solutions are still pretty expensive too ;)

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