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BeagleBone Black

By David Scheltema / Jan 4, 2016

BeagleBone Black

This relatively inexpensive single board computer operates at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM, and has 4GBs of built-in eMMC flash storage. Augmenting the clock speed are two onboard microcontrollers, called programmable realtime units (PRUs). The PRUs are within the silicon of the main processor and can be programmed to offload realtime computation for things like robotics motor control or highspeed pin toggling used in lighting control. Each operates at 200MHz, and two large rails of GPIO provide ample wiring options. Best of all, the BeagleBone Black is open source hardware— meaning you can adapt the design to your own custom needs.

Specs
BeagleBone Black http://beagleboard.org/black
Type:Single Board Computer
Price:$55
Make: Recommendation:Robotics
Software:Debian Linux
Clock Speed:1 GHz
Processor:32-bit AM335X ARM Cortex A8
I/O Pins Digital:65 (8 PWM)
I/O Pins Analog:7
WiFi?:No
Video?:Yes, micro HDMI
Bluetooth?:No
Ethernet?:Yes
Operating Voltage:5V
Dimensions:3.4 in X 2.1in
Memory:4GB eMMC
Additional Features:2 200MHz PRU microcontrollers

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Why To Buy

This board is great if you are hunting for customization. Its open source hardware allows you to construct what ever you need!

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